Greek election winner SYRIZA to form government with Independent Greeks, a right-wing anti-austerity party, having fallen 2 seats short of a simple majority in yesterday's general election - @SkyNews, @guardian
Editor's note: While exit polls project Greece's anti-austerity SYRIZA party has won today's snap elections, it remains unclear whether it has secured a majority of parliamentary seats to govern alone. - Tricia
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to address US Congress: 'Inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu without consulting the administration is clearly a breach of protocol and an unwelcome injection of partisan politics into our foreign policy. It puts the United States in the middle of Israel's election, which is highly inappropriate' - @haaretzcom
An election is a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. Elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 17th century. Elections may fill offices in the legislature, sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and for regional and local government. This process is also used in many other private and business organizations, from clubs to voluntary associations and corporations.
The universal use of elections as a tool for selecting representatives in modern democracies is in contrast with the practice in the democratic archetype, ancient Athens. As the Elections were considered an oligarchic institution and most political offices were filled using sortition, also known as allotment, by which officeholders were chosen by lot.
Electoral reform describes the process of introducing fair electoral systems where they are not in place, or improving the fairness or effectiveness of existing systems. Psephology is the study of results and other statistics relating to elections (especially with a view to predicting future results).
To elect means "to choose or make a decision" and so sometimes other forms of ballot such as referendums are referred to as elections, especially in the United States.