October 2021 Election Heat Map

Key elections around the world set for October 2021. More on these elections here. Full election calendar here.

Somalia Indirect Legislative Elections: October 1-20, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Not Free
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Republic

Population: 12.1 million

At stake: All seats in the legislature, which will subsequently choose the president.

Qatar Shura Council Elections: October 2, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Not Free
Government Type: Absolute Monarchy
Population: 2.5 million

At stake: Thirty out of 45 seats on the advisory Shura Council (which has limited power as Qatar remains an absolute monarchy).

Georgia Local Elections: October 2, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Partly Free
Government Type: Semi-Presidential Republic
Population: 4.9 million

At stake: Local offices, but in the midst of Georgia’s ongoing political crisis, these elections are a key test for the ruling Georgian Dream party.

Italy Mayoral Elections, plus regional elections in Calabria: October 3-4, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Free
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Population: 62.4 million

At stake: Mayors of major Italian cities (including Rome), plus the regional legislature and government in Calabria.

Nigeria, Local Elections in Nasarawa State: October 6, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Partly Free
Government Type: Federal Presidential Republic
Population: 219.5 million (Nigeria) 1.9 million (Nasarawa State)

At stake: Local offices in Nasarawa State, in north central Nigeria.

Czech Republic Parliamentary Elections: October 8-9, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Free
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Population: 10.7 million

At stake: All seats in the Czech Republic’s parliament, which will determine the next government.

Nigeria, Local Elections in Plateau State: October 9, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Partly Free
Government Type: Federal Presidential Republic
Population: 219.5 million (Nigeria) 3 million (Plateau State)

At stake: Local offices in Plateau State, in north central Nigeria.

Iraq Parliamentary Elections: October 10, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Not Free
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Republic
Population: 39.7 million

All seats in Iraq’s parliament, which will determine the makeup of the next government.

Paraguay Local Elections: October 10, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Partly Free
Government Type: Presidential Republic
Population: 7.3 million

At stake: Local offices throughout Paraguay.

Saint Helena Legislative Elections: October 13, 2021

Government Type: Parliamentary Democracy (Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom)
Population: 7,915

At stake: The Legislative Council of Saint Helena.

Cabo Verde Presidential Election: October 17, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Free
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Population: 589,000

At stake: Office of the president, which is largely a ceremonial role in Cabo Verde’s parliamentary system.

Estonia Local Elections: October 17, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Free
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Population: 1.2 million

At stake: Local offices throughout Estonia.

North Macedonia Local Elections: October 17, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Partly Free
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Population: 2.1 million

At stake: Local offices throughout North Macedonia.

Kosovo Local Elections: October 17, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Partly Free
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Population: 1.9 million

At stake: Local offices throughout Kosovo.

Canada, Local Elections in Alberta: October 18, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Free
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Democracy under a Constitutional Monarchy; a Commonwealth Realm
Population: 37.9 million (Canada) 4.4 million (Alberta)

At stake: Local offices throughout Alberta Province.

Uzbekistan Presidential Election: October 24, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Not Free
Government Type: Presidential Republic; Highly Authoritarian
Population: 30.8 million

At stake: Office of the president. Uzbekistan’s police state has effectively sidelined all opposition to the incumbent.

Canada, Legislative Assembly Elections in Nunavut

Freedom House Rating: Free
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Democracy under a Constitutional Monarchy; a Commonwealth Realm
Population: 37.9 million (Canada) 38,780 (Nunavut)

At stake: The legislative assembly and thus the territorial government of Nunavut.

Somalia, Direct Local Elections in Puntland: October 25, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Not Free
Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Republic
Population: 12.1 million (Somalia) 2 million (Puntland)

At stake: Local offices in the cities of Eyl, Ufeyn and Qardho in Puntland, a self-declared autonomous state in Somalia. Seen as a key test of the feasibility of one person, one vote elections in Somalia.

Japan Parliamentary Elections: October 31, 2021

Freedom House Rating: Free
Government Type: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Population: 124.7 million

At stake: All seats in parliament, which determines the makeup of the next government.

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