Elections

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 

An Afghan boy carries election material on his back to polling stations which are not accessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir province, April 4, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.

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A boy carries election material to polling stations inaccessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir province, Afghanistan. Presidential elections will be held on Saturday.

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 

Afghan girls hold flags during a campaign rally for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Herat, Afghanistan. The writing on the flags reads, "number 1," which refers to Abdullah's number on ballot papers. Eight Afghan presidential candidates are campaigning for the third presidential election. Elections will take place on April 5, 2014.

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Girls wave flags at a campaign rally for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, in Herat. The flags read “number 1 , Abdullah’s number on ballot papers. Eight candidates are campaigning for the country’s third presidential election, to be held on April 5.

TOPSHOTS An Afghan girl holds a mannequi...TOPSHOTS An Afghan girl holds a mannequin as she and her playmates look on in the old part of the northwestern city of Herat on March 31, 2014. Presidential candidates have been holding election rallies across the country for the the upcoming presidential elections on April 5, to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, who was barred constitutionally from seeking a third term. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan children play in the old part of the northwestern city of Herat. Presidential candidates have been holding rallies across the country for the upcoming presidential elections on April 5, to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai

Supporters of Afghan presidential candid...Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on March 31, 2014. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President.

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President. 

A worker holds a roll of flags of India's ruling Congress party after dying in the colours at a flag manufacturing factory ahead of the 2014 general elections in Ahmedabad...A worker holds a roll of flags of India's ruling Congress party after dying in the colours at a flag manufacturing factory ahead of the 2014 general elections in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 25, 2014. India will hold a general election in April and May. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A worker holds a roll of flags of India’s ruling Congress party after dyeing them at a flag manufacturing factory ahead of the 2014 general elections in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. 

Congress party supporters accompany a party nominee to file nomination papers for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Jammu, India, Thursday, March 20, 2014. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election in more than 30 years in the world's largest democracy.

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Congress party supporters accompany a party nominee to file nomination papers for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Jammu, India. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election in more than 30 years in the world’s largest democracy.

Afghan women line up to have their picture taken to register for the upcoming presidential elections in a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Last minute registration of voters continues despite the fact that more than 21 million voter registration cards have been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Women in Afghanistan line up to have their picture taken at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan to register for presidential elections. Last-minute registration of voters continues despite more than 21 million voter registration cards having been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004. 

A woman hangs a red blanket out of her window in Belgrade on March 14, 2014. Serbs will vote in snap polls on March 16 with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalize on a wave of public support after opening membership talks with the European Union. Some 6.7 million voters will elect new deputies for the 250-seat parliament in early legislative elections called by the SNS after Brussels opened accession talks with the Balkan country on January 21.

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A woman hangs a red blanket out of her window in Belgrade, Serbia. Serbs will vote in snap polls on Sunday with the ruling Serbian Progressive party tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after opening membership talks with the EU

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah throw shredded paper on his head as they welcome him during a campaign rally in Deh Sabz district on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Eleven Afghan presidential candidates are campaigning in the presidential election scheduled for April.

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah throw shredded paper on his head as they welcome him during a campaign rally in Deh Sabz district on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Eleven Afghan presidential candidates are campaigning in the presidential election scheduled for April.

Riot policemen stand guard outside the Army Club where the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra held her cabinet meeting in Bangkok December 10, 2013. Yingluck pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government demonstrators to clear the streets and support a snap election, but defiant protest leaders called for her to step down within 24 hours.

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In Thailand, riot police stand guard outside the Army Club where Yingluck Shinawatra, prime minister, held her cabinet meeting in Bangkok. Ms Yingluck pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government demonstrators to clear the streets and support a snap election

Voters line up to show their voter ID cards at a polling station in Seelampur, east Delhi, India. State assembly elections were held in the Indian capital, regarded as a test for general elections scheduled for 2014.

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People show their voter ID cards at a polling station in Seelampur, east Delhi, India. State assembly elections were held in the Indian capital, regarded as a test for general elections scheduled for 2014.

An election campaign posters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is photographed through a car window covered with rain drops in Berlin, ahead of the elections on the 22nd September.

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An election campaign poster for German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen through a car window in Berlin. Germany goes to the polls for a general election on September 22.

A boy walks past an electoral campaign poster of presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita next to an image of a fish in Bamako...A boy walks past an electoral campaign poster of presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita next to an image of a fish in Bamako July 23, 2013. Mali is holding presidential elections on Sunday. The poster reads, "For the happiness of Malians." REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS)

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A boy walks past a campaign poster of presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta next to an image of a fish, in Bamako on Tuesday. The poster reads, “For the happiness of Malians.” Mali is holding presidential elections on Sunday. 

Soldiers ask a supporter of overthrown President Mursi to take her protest to the sidewalk as they stand guard in Giza...Army soldiers ask a female supporter of overthrown President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood to take her protest to the sidewalk as they stand guard around Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo July 4, 2013. The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood was arrested by Egyptian security forces on Thursday in a crackdown against the Islamist movement after the army ousted the country's first democratically elected president Mursi. At least 16 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in street clashes across Egypt since Mursi's overthrow. REUTERS/ Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

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Army soldiers ask a female supporter of Egypt’s overthrown president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to take her protest to the pavement as they stand guard near Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday.