Indian elections officials and paramilitary soldiers carry election materials along the Brahmaputra River as the country holds the first phase of a 6-week-long vote, the largest democratic exercise in the world.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, the leader of Thailand’s Future Forward Party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is mobbed by supporters while reporting to a police station to answer the ruling military junta’s sedition charges against him in the wake of the country’s elections.
Filipino archaeologist Armand Salvador Mijares shows fossil bones and teeth recovered from Callao Cave that belong to a new human species called Homo luzonensis, which thrived more than 50,000 years ago on the main northern island of Luzon.
In this April 11, 2019, photo, an elderly Indian Mishing tribal woman, right, leaves after casting her vote at a polling booth during the first phase of general elections in Majuli, in the eastern Indian state of Assam. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo.
In this April 8, 2019, photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah listens to Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh during the release BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this April 11, 2019, photo, a young boy dressed as a policeman stands as Indians wait in a queue to cast their votes in village Sawaal near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
In this April 6, 2019, photo, Thailand’s Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is mobbed by his supporters upon arrival at a police station Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
In this April 7, 2019, photo, Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, right, speaks to supporters during a campaign rally of his Great Indonesia Movement Party at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this April 11, 2019, photo,, Filipino archeologist Armand Salvador Mijares shows fossil bones and teeth they recovered from Callao Cave belonging to a new species they called Homo Luzonensis during a press conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
In this April 9, 2019, photo, Occupy Central leaders, from right, Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, Chu Yiu-ming, Tanya Chan and Eason Chung shout slogans before entering a court in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this April 9, 2019, photo, former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, seen on a screen, speaks in a video during a press conference held by his lawyers in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
In this April 9, 2019, photo, a worker adjusts lanterns for upcoming celebration of Buddha’s birthday on May 12 at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
In this April 3, 2019, photo, horses from Nepal cavalry rest in a stable after morning practice for Ghode Jatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
In this April 7, 2019, photo, China’s Lin Dan returns a shot during Men’s single final match against China’s Chen Long at the Malaysia Badminton Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
In this April 7, 2019, photo, Fiji’s Aminiasi Tuimaba, left, passes the ball to teammate as France’s Paul Bonnefond, right tries to block during the final match at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)