Definitions

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  • n. an election held to fill a political office that has become vacant between regularly-scheduled elections.

Etymologies

From by- +‎ election. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's clear that the byelection was another boost for ourselves and Ukip, and another bad day for the "big three"

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • When Brown decides to call the byelection will give us an insight into how confident he feels about his own position in the party and what hope he holds out for this autumn relaunch turning things around for his government.

    Brown's byelection dilemma

  • Council now has 60 days to either appoint someone to fill the seat or call a byelection, a move that would cost more than $125,000.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • With the deputy prime minister calling the byelection a two-horse race with Labour, Cameron sidestepped an invitation to insist it is a three-horse affair by saying it had been one on 6

    The Guardian World News

  • The timing will depend on when Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls a byelection to replace Wasylycia-Leis, if that even happens before the next general federal election.

    Winnipeg Sun

  • Premier Jean Charest called the byelection after the PQ's Camil Bouchard resigned from politics earlier this year.

    CTV BritishColumbiaHome

  • McGuinty won't have to call a byelection to replace Fonseca if he stays on the job until

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • The byelection is a political curio as the first in the context of a coalition government for decades, and the first caused by the Labour MP being thrown out in an unprecedented electoral court ruling.

    The Guardian World News

  • McGuinty has indicated he will move quickly to call a byelection in the downtown Toronto riding Smitherman has represented since 1999.

    Brandon Sun Online - Top Stories

  • The nightmare scenario for Labour is that Brown holds off calling the byelection but is toppled anyway and his successor’s honeymoon comes to an abrupt end with a humiliating defeat in Glenrothes.

    Brown's byelection dilemma

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