In the recent local elections in the UK one community in Wales had no candidate stand for election to the Powys council. It appears to be not uncommon for House races in the United States to be uncontested, but are there any examples of an election to a national legislature where no candidate ran?

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    Do you mean in any country on the planet, or just in the US?
    – Fizz
    Aug 9, 2018 at 12:01
  • The closest example I can think of is that sometimes in an uncontested race, the sole candidate dies or drops out when it is too late for anyone else to run procedurally, leading to a vacancy. At the local level it happens fairly often in small rural governments and a consistent failure to get people to run for office is the main criteria in Colorado for dissolving a governmental entity. Where write in votes are allowed you just need one person to vote for himself to prevent this from happening.
    – ohwilleke
    Mar 21, 2019 at 6:04

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In Algeria currently this problem exists in a way. The previous President who has reigned for many terms and is seen as being controlled by wealthy people and the military has finally stepped down from running for a 5th term as a result of huge protests. The problem is that no serious opposition parties or candidates exist because of years of political stiffling and suppression, that was the one excuse the group used to justify an attempt at a 5th term.

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