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Democratic US Senate candidate Bruce Braley (L) hugs volunteer Pat Halferty during a campaign stop at the Lynn Count Democratic HQ on November 3 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Polls put Braley neck-and-neck with Republican Joni Ernst and the Iowa result could decide which party controls the Senate
Residents queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in Serewe on Friday for the Botswana general elections
A Mozambican woman look out of her window as Mozambican Opposition Party, Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) spokesperson Antonio Muchanga, gives a press conference at the Party National Headquarters on Thursday in Maputo
Ukip leader Nigel Farage looks out of the window of the Ukip campaign headquarters in Clacton on Friday, after the night before’s by-election victory
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Clergymen attend a service near the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery on the day of the election of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, in Kiev on Wednesday
Police chase a supporter of Indonesia’s losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto outside the General Election Commission (KPU) office after protesters tried to cross a police barricade in Surabaya, East Java on Wednesday.
Papuan tribesmen in traditional costume sport a banner bearing the portrait of presidential candidate Joko Widodo and running mate Jusuf Kalla as they arrive to vote centre in Jayapura, Indonesia on Wednesday. There is a growing movement to end Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah chant slogans during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday
Afghan National Army soldiers prepare to leave their base for a patrol at polling stations in the outskirts of Kabul. The second round of Afghanistan’s presidential elections will be held on June 14
A Syrian woman holds a ballot paper showing the portraits of the three presidential candidates (LtoR): Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri and President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday during the presidential election at a polling station in central Damascus
UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he talks to reporters. Early local election results announced overnight show substantial gains for Ukip
A public launderette was used as a polling station in Oxford, England on Thursday. Opinion polls suggest Britain’s anti-EU Ukip party is likely to top European elections or come a close second.
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, right, and his running mate Hatta Rajasa greet supporters after registering their candidacy at the General Election Commission’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday
A Kashmiri man reads a newspaper during a shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Syed Ali Geelani, a separatist leader, had called for a shutdown to protest against the arrests of Kashmiri youths during the Indian general elections in Indian Kashmir.
Indian women show their voting slips as they wait to cast their votes at a polling station during the 8th phase of parliamentary elections at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India
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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.