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A big election campaign placard featuring Social Democratic Party's (SPD) main candidate German Peer Steinbrueck is pictured with a small poster reading "who wants that nothing changes, votes: CDU (German Christian Democratic Union), CSU (Christian Social Union), FDP (Free Democratic Party), SPD (Social Democratic Party) and Gruene (Green Party)" For all others: MLPD" in Essen, western Germany on August 29, 2013. Germans go to the polls in parliamentary elections on September 22, 2013.

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In Germany, a big election campaign placard featuring Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) main candidate Peer Steinbrueck is pictured with a small poster reading “those who want nothing to change, vote for CDU (German Christian Democratic Union), CSU (Christian Social Union), FDP (Free Democratic Party), SPD (Social Democratic Party) and Gruene (Green Party) – For the others vote MLPD” in Essen, western Germany. Germans go to the polls in parliamentary elections on September 22

ered voters. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)A girl walks past campaign posters on the windows of a mud brick house in Gao, Mali Thursday, July 25, 2013. Mali's presidential election is going ahead on Sunday despite massive logistical and technical lapses, including a voter roll which inexplicably does not contain the names of tens of thousands of regist

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A girl walks past campaign posters on the windows of a mud brick house in Gao, Mali, on Thursday. Mali’s presidential election is going ahead on Sunday despite logistical and technical lapses, including a voter roll that does not contain the names of tens of thousands of registered voters. Read more

Voters pick candidates and a party before casting their ballots in Japan's upper house parliamentary elections as a baby cries at a polling station in Tokyo, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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Voters cast their ballots in Japan’s upper house parliamentary elections as a baby cries at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday Read more

Afghan women show their voter registration cards for presidential elections scheduled for April 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 08 July 2013. Registration, which began 26 May, will continue until two weeks before election day, slated for 05 April 2014, the electoral commission said.

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Afghan women in Kabul show their voter registration cards for the presidential elections scheduled for April 5 2014. Registration, which began on May 26, will continue until two weeks before election day.

Iranian women show their inked fingers at a polling station during the Iranian presidential elections in the city of Shahre-Ray, Iran, 14 June 2013. More than 50 million Iranians are eligible to vote. Out of the six candidates, four have realistic chances to win the race. The four are the conservatives Ali-Akbar Velayati and Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, reformist Hassan Rowhani and hardliner Saeed Jalili.

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Iranian women show their inked fingers at a polling station during the Iranian presidential elections in the city of Shahre-Ray, IranRead more

An Iranian female supporter of first vice president and reformist presidential candidate, Mohammadreza Aref

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An Iranian female supporter of Mohammad-Reza Aref, the former first vice-president who has withdrawn from the presidential election, sits surrounded by his electoral posters after the campaign rally in Tehran, Iran.

Iran presidential elections...epa03728813 A female supporter of Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili holds a picture depicting Jalili during an election campaign event at the Tehran University in Tehran, Iran, 03 June 2013. Jalili said that in case of an election victory he would make no compromise in the dispute over Iranís controversial nuclear programmes. Iran will hold presidential elections on 14 June 2013.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

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A female supporter of Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili during an election campaign event at the Tehran University on Monday. Mr Jalili said that in case of an election victory he would make no compromise in the dispute over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme. Iran will hold presidential elections on June 14. Read more

ranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili campaign rally ...epa03723995 Women supporters with their children listen to the speech of Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili during an election campaign rally in the city of Arak, central Iran, 30 May 2013. Iran will hold presidential elections on 14 June 2013.

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Female supporters with their children listen to a speech by Saeed Jalili, the Iranian presidential candidate, during an election campaign rally in the city of Arak on Thursday. Iran is to hold its presidential elections on June 14 Read more

Filipinos Cast Their Votes Ahead Of Midterm Elections MANILA

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Voters walk beneath election posters suspended over a street in a polling precinct in Manila, Philippines on Monday. Millions of Filipinos are heading out to cast their votes for the mid-term election. So far, over 50 people have been killed in the run up to polling day for elections that have been marred by violence and accusations of corruption and nepotism.

A man takes a rest next to a wall covered with riped pre-election posters of Boyko Borisov, the leader of the Bulgarian conservative GERB party and a former Prime Minister in a Sofia suburb on May 13, 2013. Bulgaria faced fresh political uncertainty Monday after tough guy ex-premier Boyko Borisov fell way short of a majority in elections held three months after mass demonstrations forced his government's resignation.

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A man takes a rest next to a wall covered with ripped pre-election posters of Boyko Borisov, the leader of the Bulgarian conservative GERB party and a former prime minister, in a Sofia suburb. Bulgaria faced fresh political uncertainty on Monday after tough guy ex-premier Mr Borisov fell way short of a majority in elections held three months after mass demonstrations forced his government’s resignation.