First minister Alex Salmond gives the thumbs up after voting in the Scottish referendum in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Almost 4.3m people have registered to vote across 32 different localities, making it the largest-ever recorded electorate in Scotland. Turnout is expected to be high.
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
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
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
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
Italy’s Member of the European Parliament Licia Ronzulli takes her daughter Vittoria to a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
A voter waits to cast his ballot in the presidential election in the Madagascar capital Antananarivo, the first such poll since a military-backed coup in 2009
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.
Members of the European parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday.
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
Nigel Frarage, Ukip leader, arrives in Westminster on Friday after a successful night in local council elections. Mr Farage was delighted with what he saw as a remarkable result for the UK Independence Party, which he said put them in with a chance of securing a seat at Westminster.