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Indian security force soldiers on election duty wait to leave a central collection point to go and guard polling stations, on Tuesday, in Leh, Ladakh, India. The country is in the midst of a nine-phase election that began on April 7 and ends on May 12
A voter shows her ink-stained finger at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Baghdad. Iraqis headed to the polls on Wednesday in their first national election since US forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011.
Supporters of the South African opposition party Democratic Alliance gather in Mamelodi during an election rally on Monday. This year’s anniversary of democracy coincides with South Africa’s fifth democratic election on May 7, when voters will cast their ballots in a fiercely fought contest
Indian women stand in a queue to cast their votes in Rajnandgaon, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, now the centre of India’s four-decade Maoist insurgency on Thursday
Students queue to cast their votes during the election for the Children’s Parliament in Sana’a. More than 30,000 students from 60 schools in Yemen participated in the election for representatives in the Yemeni Children’s Parliament.
Indian security personnel stand guard as a voter leaves a polling station after casting her ballot in Kahnmun, some 190km from Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram in northeast India, on Friday.
Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The election is spread out over five weeks, with voting ending on May 12. It was the turn of voters in Delhi, the capital, on Thursday and many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, where Narendra Modi’s popularity is running high and Muslims are worried about their future.
Indonesian Baduy tribe women wait for their turn to cast their ballots during the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kanekes village, Lebak, Banten province. Polls opened on Wednesday amid expectations of an opposition victory.
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Indian voters wait outside a polling station in Dibrugarh on Monday. Indians have begun voting in the world’s biggest election, which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata party to power at a time of low growth, anger over corruption and warnings about religious unrest.
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 near Kabul. Elections are to be held on Saturday
A boy waves presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul’s election campaign flag in Bagram, Afghanistan on Tuesday.
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. Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.
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.
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.
An auto-rickshaw driver waits for passengers during a strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday.
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.
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
An election poster with a picture of Guido Westerwelle of the FDP is taken down in Neukirchen-Vlyun, Germany. The FDP, for the first time since the existence of the Federal Republic of Germany, has failed to win seats in the federal parliament.