Talk:Electoral calendar

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Hello Wilfried,

Very interesting page, but I have a remark: on several occasions, you list "parliament and senate". This isn't correct, because a senate is part of parliament. A parliament usually consists of two houses, one lower house (House of Commons (UK), House of Representatives (US), Tweede Kamer (NL), Kamer (BE)) and an upper house (House of Lords (UK), Senate (US), Eerste Kamer (NL), Senaat (BE)). So, listing "parliament" would include senate :-)

Thanks Gangulf 22:10, 9 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Some starting remarks[edit]

The Electoral Calendar is launched. The links are to overview articles on elections in countries. These articles will be created in the upcoming period. From these pages links to an eventual article on the specific election can be found. Gangulf 22:10, 9 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Why exactly are we limiting the information we provide on this page by excluding referenda? I can understand the usually minor importance of by-elections warrants their exclusion, but referenda on constitutional changes or other important issues are as important as regularily scheduled elections, at least in my opinion. Any objections? Nightstallion 20:23, 10 Jan 2005 (UTC)
I don't have a problem with adding referenda if we limit that to national referenda. But we must be aware that a referendum is someting else than an election. Gangulf 21:47, 10 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Alright. I'll add the information on referenda I've got. I assume, though, that by 'national referenda' you mean that you want to exclude referenda on the European Constitution, for instance? Nightstallion 22:46, 10 Jan 2005 (UTC)
No, that is not a problem for me, but I wouldn't like to see regional or local referenda in the list. Gangulf 19:29, 11 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Alright, got you. I wasn't going to add local elections or referenda, anyway, with maybe an exception for referenda that could result in the independence of part of a country. Nightstallion 20:11, 11 Jan 2005 (UTC)
I agree again with you. I would prefer to link the country to the elections page, not to the politics page with the exception of the EU Constitution referenda. Gangulf 20:49, 11 Jan 2005 (UTC)
When I considered this point, I was not quite sure whether linking to the 'elections' page after explicitly stating that referenda are not elections wouldn't confuse people or at least seem inconsistent... But I've got nothing against the idea in general, same to me either way. Nightstallion 21:14, 11 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Local and regional election information is welcome on Campaigns.wikia. Chadlupkes 20:20, 12 October 2006 (UTC)


Why are the links to the overview page and not to the specific election page. ie Elections in New Zealand not New Zealand general election 2005? Evil MonkeyTalk 23:40, Jan 12, 2005 (UTC)

Because that page gives general information and has a link to that specific page. What I added today was a separate link next to the general link. Gangulf 18:17, 15 Jan 2005 (UTC)

General remarks[edit]

List of election results has been restuctured and moved to Elections by country. For each de jure and de facto soverign state and dependent territories an article on elections in that entity has been included and - when available - an article on the last elections in that entity. Previous election results - when available - can be found at the main article on elections in that entity. These pages include also links to information on politics in general and political parties in that entity. An Electoral calendar has been added. You are friendly requested to add information on elections when logical also to Elections by country and the Electoral calendar. Please add new elections also in the template Politics .. (only showing the year). The List of political parties has been restructured too. The parties are now listed in the individual country pages and a complete list is listed in the Index of political parties. You are friendly requested to list new parties you add both in the list of that country as well in the index of political parties. I hope this helps Wikipedia to be a more complete encyclopedia on politics. -Gangulf 10:32, 30 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Links to election pages[edit]

At the moment (slowly) results are added to the pages "Elections in .." (the main article). I would prefer that if a result is included in that article, there is only a link to the main article. From that page there are links to eventual specific pages. For future elections, the specific link is relevant. I will delete the specific links from the moment results are placed in the main article.

Brazil - 2006 elections[edit]

Please, stop removing the elections to State Legislatures from the upcoming 2006 general elections in Brazil. The elections to all State Legislative unicameral Assemblies are part of the national political calendar.

They might be part of the national political calendar, but they are not elections for a national legislature or presidency. So they don't belong in. Otherwise it would become a very long list adding all elections on non-national level. Electionworld 20:09, 22 October 2005 (UTC)


The list claims to cover the "national/federal" elections. I assume that means the elections of national or federal governments, as appropriate. Therefore, should South Australia, an Australian state and therefore neither a national or federal government (the South Australian National Football League notwithstanding), really be included? Also, should municipal government elections really be included, when not held in conjunction with some other national/federal government election? —Felix the Cassowary 14:34, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

They shouldn't be included. Electionworld 20:21, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

more referendums[edit]

There will be a New Caledonia referendum in 201x (I think it was 2012). Also, most of the US "dependencies", that are listed as "non-self-governing" by the UN also hold regular independence referendums, as is Tokelau... Alinor 18:03, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

Well, yes, New Caledonia will be allowed to hold up to three referenda in the time period between 2014 and 2018, or something like that; Tokelau *is* indeed likely to hold another referendum on self-determination some time in the close future, since it almost passed the first time; however, I haven't heard anything as regards the U.S. dependencies.
AFAIK, Puerto Rico will most likely be asked again some time in the future whether it wants to become a state, independent, or remain a commonwealth; the U.S. Virgin Islands once were called to a similar referendum in 1993, but interest was extremely low, so there hasn't been another one since; and I haven't heard anything at all as regards the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and Guam, apart from the fact that Guam would *like* to have Commonwealth status like Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Have you got any sources for referenda in American Samao, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands, Alinor? Thanks! —Nightstallion (?) Seen this already? 21:19, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

International Elections[edit]

I added "international elections" to the description, as the European Parliament had been listed for 2009. samwaltz 16:41, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

Flexible Dates[edit]

Often, the Head of State or Head of Government has to call the election within a certain timeframe. For example, Austria has to have one this year, at latest in the Fall. Could we mark up possible election dates (e.g. At latest, 30 November 2006), too, at least until such point as the election has been declared? samwaltz 16:47, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

"Electoral Geography"[edit]

Hello, can you please add "Electoral Geography" website to the external links section? I really think this website will be useful for everybody interested in elections.

Devolved British Assembles[edit]

How come the elections to the devolved British Assemblies have been removed? I can't find the Northern Irish Assembly, Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly elections here. --CTerry 17:52, 7 March 2007 (UTC)