The history of elections in Russia begins in the 9th century. The city of Veliky Novgorod was called "the center of the Russian land" and the inhabitants of the city decided by voting whom to call the prince.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, but the title of monarch there is not for life, but elective. The fact is that Malaysia is divided into states, 9 of which are also monarchies (they are ruled by 7 sultans, one rajah and another ruler with the title of Yang Diepertuan Besar). Every five years, these monarchs choose from among their number a chief monarch, as a rule, according to seniority or according to the length of their reign.
In February 1997, general elections were held in Pakistan. For one seat in parliament from Kohat, a city in the country's North-West Frontier Province, with a population of only about 50 thousand people, 107 candidates applied!
The world's largest parliament, the National People's Congress, has 3, 000 members. The entire parliament meets once a year.
The state of New Mexico has a law that if two candidates for a certain position get the same number of votes, the result is determined by some game. A real case of the application of this law was recorded in 1998 in the town of Estancia. James Farrington and Joan Carlson each got 68 votes. James wanted to determine the winner of the poker game, and Joan offered to roll the dice. First, they flipped a coin that determined to play poker, and then James won and became the mayor of the city.
Tynwald - Parliament of the Isle of Man is one of the oldest parliaments in the world and the oldest permanent parliament. It was created in 979 and has been operating continuously since then.
There have been four instances in US history when a candidate with fewer votes than his rival became president. This was because the winner of the presidential election must receive a majority of the electoral votes, the number of which is determined in accordance with the population of a particular state.
From 1989 to 1996, Liberia was in a state of civil war with several warring parties, one of which was the rebels under the command of Charles Taylor. Following the cessation of hostilities with the participation of peacekeeping forces from other African countries in 1997, presidential elections were held in Liberia. Taylor ran with the slogan “He killed my mom. He killed my dad. I vote for him ”and won with a score of 75%.
Pedro Laskurain was President of Mexico for just one hour on February 18, 1913. As the legitimate successor to President Madero, who was assassinated on February 13, Laskurain was sworn in. He then appointed General Victoriano Huert as his successor and resigned.
Pope can be elected not only a clergyman, but also a layman. Therefore, the procedure, if necessary, provides for the consecration of the chosen pope in order to the priestly and episcopal dignity.
In Switzerland, women did not have the right to vote until 1971. And in some local elections, Swiss women could not take part until 1991!
The Danish comedian actor Jacob Haugard has been running for parliament in his country since 1979 with a comic program. He promised voters an 8-8-8 daily routine: eight hours of free time, eight hours for rest and the other eight for sleep. Other points of his promises included more tailwinds on bike lanes, better weather forecasts, shorter supermarket lines, and adding Nutella to the soldiers' diet. In 1994, he finally won a sufficient number of votes in the next elections and sat in the Danish parliament for 4 years.
With the accusation by the Republicans of the Democrats of rigging the election results in four states (1860), a chain of events began, which soon led to the Civil War in the United States.
“It doesn't matter how they voted, it’s important how they counted.” This expression was uttered by Joseph Stalin in 1934 at the election of the General Secretary of the CPSU (b).