Constituency-Level Elections Data
The Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA) has announced their latest data release. This is the eighth data release and includes 169 elections from 61 countries, increasing their coverage to a total of 1591 elections from 136 countries.
Elections from seven new countries are included: Chile, Comoros, Djibouti, Iran, Lithuania, Malta, and Mongolia. Additions also include elections from Central and South America (e.g. Argentina, Honduras, Paraguay, and Uruguay), Asia (e.g. Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand), Africa (e.g. Botswana, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia), and Europe (e.g. Belgium, Greece, Iceland, and Switzerland).
Indian election data from 1962 onwards have been updated through collaboration with the Trivedi Centre for Political Data at Ashoka University, which has digitized all Indian election results during this time period.
Several changes have been made to data formats based on feedback from users. Additional data formats in separate files for ease of use are now available. In addition to Stata .dta and SPSS portable files, CLEA data are also available in R .RData format, and as a tab-delimited file for import into Excel. Appendix II (Party Codes) is also available as an Excel file.
Two supplemental files contain variables that only apply to a subset of countries: Indirect Elections (Norway and Sweden), and Preferential Vote Counts (Australia, Ireland, and Malta). In previous CLEA releases, these variables were coded as Missing Data for other countries.
The party nationalization datasets have also been updated with data from this release. They are presented in three separate datasets that represent different levels of aggregation: the national level, the party level, and the constituency level.
All files can be downloaded for free at www.electiondataarchive.org