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
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.
Voters cast their ballots in Japan’s upper house parliamentary elections as a baby cries at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday
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.
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An Iranian female supporter of Mohammad-Reza Aref, the former first vice-president who has withdrawn from the presidential election, sits surrounded by his electoral posters after the campaign rally in Tehran, Iran.
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.
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
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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 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.
A Pakistani army soldier guards election material provided to polling agents for Saturdays elections, in Islamabad, Pakistan. An especially violent spate of killings, kidnappings and bombings marred the run-up to Pakistan’s nationwide election, capped on Thursday by the abduction of the son of a former prime minister as he was rallying supporters on the last day of campaigning before the historic vote.
A Pakistani supporter of former cricket star-turned-politician, and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Imran Khan, takes part during a rally in support of Mr Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday. Pakistan is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections on May 11, the first transition between democratically elected governments in a country that has experienced three military coups and constant political instability since its creation in 1947.
Supporters of Imran Khan, Pakistani politician and former cricketer, stand next to his electoral poster at the venue of an election campaign meeting by his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), or Movement for Justice party, in Islamabad on Thursday. Mr Khan is due to make an address at the final rally by live video link from his Lahore hospital bed, following his fall from a makeshift lift during a meeting on Tuesday. The election this Saturday will be a democratic milestone in a country that has been ruled for half its history by the military, but the Pakistani Taliban have condemned it as un-Islamic
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Supporters of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf party, cheer and wave flags during an election campaign rally in Narowal, Pakistan. Pakistan’s parliamentary elections are due to be held on May 11. Mr Khan and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-N have been campaigning in the last few weeks before polling.
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UK Labour party leader Ed Miliband during a hustings in Long Eaton’s high street, Nottinghamshire, while on the local election campaign trail.
An AICC supporter with his body painted waves a party flag as All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi campaigns for his party for the Karnataka State Assembly elections 2013, Bangalore, India on Friday. The elections for the 14th Karnataka Assembly will be held on May 5th.
Bhutanese women, in traditional costume, wait to cast their vote for the nation’s second parliamentary election, outside a polling station at Martang, Bhutan. The remote nation of 700,000 had its first election in 2008, after the king voluntarily reduced the monarchy’s role in running the country. A total of 67 candidates were competing on Tuesday for the 20 elected seats in the 25-member upper house. The five remaining seats are filled by royal appointment.
Supporters of Cissé Bacongo, candidate in the municipal elections in Koumassi, a popular district of Abidjan, demonstrate following partial, non-official results announcing the defeat of their leader. Ivorians turned out in low numbers for Sunday’s local elections, seen as a test of stability in the west African nation in a poll boycotted by former president Laurent Gbagbo’s party.
An eunuch dances at a procession during a national meet of the community in Ajmer, India on Wednesday. The meet in Ajmer is being held to demand increased political representation ahead of the country’s general elections and also to elect a leader for the community.
Government supporters celebrate after the official results of the presidential elections were announced at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela early on April 15 2013. Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday’s special presidential election, edging out the opposition’s leader Henrique Capriles by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced.