a special election, not held at the time of a general election, to fill a vacancy in Parliament.
Also, bye-election.

1875–80; by- + election Unabridged
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by-election or bye-election
1.  (in the United Kingdom and other countries of the Commonwealth) an election held during the life of a parliament to fill a vacant seat in the lower chamber
2.  (in the US) a special election to fill a vacant elective position with an unexpired term
bye-election or bye-election

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