Elections

Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) south west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The elections are being held in five stages to allow government forces to better guard against any violence or anti-India protests. Results are due Dec. 23.

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Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third-phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28km (17 miles) southwest of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Tuesday.

Kashmiris walk towards a polling station to cast their votes on a cold and foggy morning in Kulangham, some 68 kilometers north of Srinagar, India on Tuesday. The second phase of the five-phased state elections is being held Tuesday.

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Kashmiris walk towards a polling station to cast their votes on a cold and foggy morning in Kulangham, some 68km north of Srinagar, India, on Tuesday.

Pro Democracy Supporters Attempt To Bring Hong Kong To A Stand Still With Mass Rally...HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29:  Protesters sit on top of a parking ramp in the Central District on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections.  (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

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Protesters sit on top of a parking ramp in the Central District on Monday in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government’s plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong’s 2017 elections.

Fiji's military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama (L) shares a light moment with an election official (R) before casting his election vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in the capital Suva on September 17, 2014. Polling booths opened on September 17 in Fiji's first election since a 2006 military coup, with police reporting no early problems and a festive atmosphere prevailing in the South Pacific nation's capital. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS        (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty I

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Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama shares a light moment with an election official before casting his election vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in the capital Suva. Polling booths opened on Wednesday in Fiji’s first election since a 2006 military coup, with police reporting no early problems and a festive atmosphere prevailing in the South Pacific nation’s capital. 

Fiji's military strongman Voreqe Bainima...Fiji's military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama (C) attends a national thanksgiving service for the release of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights last month, at the ANZ Stadium in the capital Suva on September 16, 2014. Speaking at the service, Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau called for a violence-free election as the South pacific nation prepares to return to democracy almost eight years after a military coup. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKSPETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

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Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama attends a national thanksgiving service for the release of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights last month, at the ANZ Stadium in the capital Suva. Speaking at the service, Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau called for a violence-free election as the South pacific nation prepares to return to democracy almost eight years after a military coup. 

TOPSHOTS TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Reuben ...TOPSHOTS TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Reuben KYAMA, Thomas MORFIN A member of a youth corps campaigning for peace performs an act at the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi on July 28, 2014, reminiscent of deadly ethnic violence that followed the disputed results of the 2007 general elections, that were particularly intensive at the slum leaving scores dead. Kenya takes pride in being a union of "42 tribes", but a string of attacks in towns on its volatile coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics.  "There has been a surge of dangerous speech," said 26-year-old Nanjira Sambuli, a project leader of Umati, an online crowd sourcing project monitoring hate speech, based in Nairobi's sleek iHub offices, the heart of its tech-savvy community. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBATONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

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A member of a youth corps campaigning for peace performs an act at the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi. A string of attacks in towns on its volatile coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics. Reminiscent of deadly ethnic violence that followed the disputed results of the 2007 general elections, that were particularly intensive at the slum leaving scores dead. “There has been a surge of dangerous speech,” said 26-year-old Nanjira Sambuli, a project leader of Umati, an online crowd sourcing project monitoring hate speech, based in Nairobi’s sleek iHub offices, the heart of its tech-savvy community. 

Rain clouds hang over Central in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 24, 2014. As activists vow to shut down Hong Kongís financial district in protest at Chinaís attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city, businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst. Chanís investment company has added backup phone lines, bought extra laptops and stockpiled instant noodles in case its headquarters downtown is caught in the middle of the protest. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Rain clouds hang over central Hong Kong as activists vow to shut down its financial district in protest at China’s attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city. Businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst. Chan’s investment company has added backup phone lines, bought in extra laptops and stockpiled instant noodles in case its headquarters downtown is caught in the middle of the protest. 

People take part in a rally to press demands for parliament to be dissolved and early elections outside the assembly in Kiev June 17, 2014.

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People take part in a rally outside parliament in Kiev on Tuesday. The protesters wanted parliament to be dissolved and early elections to be held.

A Syrian living in Jordan takes part in a protest against the Syrian presidential elections, near the Syrian embassy in Amman on May 28, 2014. Polls open in Syrian embassies for refugees who fled their homeland through recognised checkpoints, in a controversial election expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to office despite three years of civil war.

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A Syrian living in Jordan takes part in a protest against the Syrian presidential elections, near the Syrian embassy in Amman on Wednesday

British Prime Minister Prime Minister Da...British Prime Minister Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson wait for a train at Newark station in central England on May 21, 2014, following a visit to the town were they campaigned ahead of the Newark by-election which is due to be held on June 5. Voters also go to the polls in Britain Thursday May 22, 2014, for local council elections in England and Northern Ireland and also for European elections in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. AFP PHOTO / STEFAN ROUUSEAU/POOLSTEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images

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British prime minister David Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson wait for a train at Newark station in central England following a visit to the town were they campaigned ahead of the Newark by-election which is to be held on June 5

UKIP candidate for Croydon, Winston waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end.UKIP candidate, Winston McKenzie, waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end.UKIP candidate, Winston McKenzie, waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end. Picture shows Mr McKenzie apparently on the phone to Mr Farage.

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Ukip candidate Winston McKenzie waits for Nigel Farage, the anti-Brussels party’s leader, in Croydon, South London. Mr Farage decided not to attend the event in the end. The party is expected to gain a landslide victory in the European elections 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate the party’s winning preliminary result outside their office in Gauhati, India, Friday, May 16, 2014. India's opposition leader Narendra Modi and his party won national elections in a landslide Friday, preliminary results showed, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more than a quarter century. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters hold a shivling, a symbolic representation of Hindu God Shiva, and celebrate preliminary results that showed the BJP winning by a landslide in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. India‘s opposition leader Narendra Modi and his party won national elections in a landslide Friday, preliminary results showed, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more than a quarter century 

Varanasi Votes In Final Round Of Indian Elections...VARANASI, INDIA - MAY 12:  A Border Police officer stands guard as Indians wait in line to vote at a polling station on May 12, 2014 in Varanasi, India. Indians voted in the ninth and final phase of elections Monday. Counting will be on May 16

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A Border Police officer stands guard as Indians wait in line to vote at a polling station in Varanasi, India. Indians voted in the ninth and final phase of elections Monday. Counting will be on May 16 

Young students of Hindu religion wear Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or the common man party, caps and wait for the arrival of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal during an election rally in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Friday, May 9, 2014. Varanasi will go to the polls on May 12, the final day of voting, with Kejriwal running from the constituency against Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of Indiaís main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Young Hindu students wear Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or the common man party, caps and wait for the arrival of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal during an election rally in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The final day of voting is May 12. 

BJP Leader Narendra Modi Casts His Vote In Ahmedabad...AHMEDABAD, INDIA - APRIL 30:  BJP leader Narendra Modi flashes the v-sign to supporters after voting at a polling station on April 30, 2014 in Ahmedabad, India. India is in the midst of a nine-phase election that started on April 7 and ends May 12.

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BJP leader Narendra Modi flashes the V-sign to supporters after voting at a polling station in Ahmedabad, India. The country is in the middle of a nine-phase election that started on April 7 and ends May 12 

A boy wearing a mask of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sits as he waits for the start of an election campaign rally being addressed by Modi in Kheralu town in the western Indian state of Gujarat April 28, 2014. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world's biggest election - a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world record - and results of the mammoth exercise, which concludes on May 12, are due on May 16. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A boy wearing a mask of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India‘s main opposition Bharatiya Janata party, waits for the start of an election campaign rally being addressed by Mr Modi in Kheralu town in the western Indian state of Gujarat 

TOPSHOTS Supporters of unseen India's ma...TOPSHOTS Supporters of unseen India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi on April 24, 2014.  Indian election frontrunner Narendra Modi said he was overwhelmed by a huge show of support on streets of Varanasi as the Hindu nationalist leader entered the contest to become the holy city's member of parliament.  AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

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Supporters of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate and chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi. 

Indian women cast their vote during the sixth phase of polling of the Indian parliamentary elections at a village near Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan state, India, Thursday, April 24, 2014. With 814 million eligible voters, India is voting in phases over six weeks. Results are expected May 16.

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Women cast their vote during the sixth phase of polling of the Indian parliamentary elections at a village near Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan state, India

Ukip poster campaign...Ukip leader Nigel Farage stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party's European election bilboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 22, 2014. The anti-European Union (EU) party is using £1.5 million of funding from millionaire ex-Tory donor Paul Sykes to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the May 22 poll which many observers believe it could win. See PA story POLITICS Ukip. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage (centre) stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party’s European election billboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. The anti-European Union party is using £1.5 million of funding from Mr Sykes, a millionaire ex-Tory donor, to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the EU elections on May 22. 

Indian policemen sit in the shade outside a polling station in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Indian policemen sit in the shade outside a polling station in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country’s weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where rebels threatened violence over the plight of India‘s marginalized and poor