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
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
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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 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, waits for the start of an election campaign rally being addressed by Mr Modi in Kheralu town in the western Indian state of Gujarat
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.
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 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. 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
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 near Kabul. Elections are to be held on Saturday
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.
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 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 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. 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.
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, 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.