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A woman smokes bidi, a local cigarette hand-rolled with tobacco leaf, as she arrives to cast her vote, outside a polling station in Majuli, a large river island in the Brahmaputra river, Jorhat district, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam April 7, 2014. The first electors cast their votes in the world's biggest election on Monday with Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi seen holding a strong lead on promises of economic revival and jobs but likely to fall short of a majority.

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A woman smokes as she arrives to cast her vote, outside a polling station in Majuli, a large river island in the Brahmaputra river, Jorhat district, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam.

A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul...A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul April 2, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.  REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning near Kabul. Elections are to be held on Saturday Read more

Boy waves a flag with an election rally poster of Afghan presidential candidate Rassoul during an election campaign in Bagram

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A boy waves presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul’s election campaign flag in Bagram, Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Afghan residents queue to receive their voter cards for the upcoming presidential election at a voter registration centre in Herat on March 31, 2014. Crowds queued up outside voter registration centres in Afghanistan and presidential candidates held large outdoor rallies for supporters five days ahead of elections that have been shaken by Taliban attacks. The vote, which will choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, comes as US-led foreign troops withdraw after 13 years of fighting the fierce Islamist insurgency raging across the south and east of the country.

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Voters queue to receive their polling cards, for the upcoming presidential election in Afghanistan, at a registration centre in Herat on Monday. Presidential candidates held large outdoor rallies five days ahead of elections that have been shaken by Taliban attacks.

A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul carries chairs as he prepares for an election rally in Panshir, northern Afghanistan, March 28, 2014. Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.

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A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul carries chairs as he prepares for an election rally in Panshir, northern Afghanistan. Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.

The Economic Freedom Fighter Party Attend The High Court...PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 04:  Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rally and sing songs outside Pretoria High Court on March 4, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. The EFF are saying that the R600,000 deposit required when submitting candidates names for the upcoming national elections are unjust and are seeking an interdict in court against it.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters rally and sing songs outside Pretoria High Court 4 in Pretoria, South Africa. The EFF are saying that the R600,000 ($56,000) deposit required when submitting candidates’ names for the upcoming national elections are unjust and are seeking a ruling in court against it. Read more

An anti-government protester looks on during a rally in Bangkok January 27, 2014. A Thai anti-government protest leader was shot and killed in Bangkok on Sunday when violence erupted as demonstrators blocked early voting in many areas of the capital ahead of a disputed election next week.

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An anti-government protester during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. A protest leader was shot and killed in Bangkok on Sunday when violence erupted as demonstrators blocked early voting in many areas of the capital ahead of a disputed election next week.

A Bangladeshi auto driver waits for passengers during an ongoing strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. On Monday, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Awami League party won one of the most violent elections in the country's history, marred by street fighting, low turnout and a boycott by the opposition that made the results a foregone conclusion. The political gridlock plunges Bangladesh deeper into turmoil and economic stagnation, and could lead to more violence in a deeply impoverished country of 160 million.

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An auto-rickshaw driver waits for passengers during a strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. Read more

Indian Bru tribal women in their traditional dress on their way to cast their votes at the Naisingpara Bru refugee relief camp in Tripura state, about 750km away from Guwahati city, India, 19 November 2013.The Bru voters - who live in relief camps following ethnic conflicts  in North Tripura - are voting in  the Mizoram State Assembly elections. There are Assembly elections in five states across the country, including Mizoram.

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Indian Bru tribal women in traditional dress on their way to vote at the Naisingpara Bru refugee relief camp in Tripura state, about 750km from Guwahati city, India. The Bru voters – who are living in relief camps after ethnic conflicts in North Tripura – are voting in the Mizoram State Assembly elections.

Madagascar goes to the polls for the first time since coup...epa03923758 A voter smiles while waiting to cast his ballot in the Presidential Election at a polling station in the capital Antananarivo, Madagascar, 25 October 2013. The much anticipated election, which has been years in the making, will see 33 candidates vying for head of state, after radio DJ-turned-strongman Andry Rajoelina and the leader he ousted, Marc Ravalomanana, were barred from the race. Citizens of Madagascar are to vote in the first presidential election since a military-backed coup in 2009 plunged the nation into chaos and led to donors cutting aid to the impoverished Indian Ocean island.  EPA/KABIR DHANJI

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A voter waits to cast his ballot in the presidential election in the Madagascar capital Antananarivo, the first such poll since a military-backed coup in 2009 Read more