Early Voter Turnout High in Iran’s Elections (+Photos)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A record number of Iranian people are casting their ballots in a key election to choose the country’s eighth president.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranian people went to polling stations in the early hours of Friday, with reports of long queues at many polling stations across the country in early hours.
This suggests a higher voter turnout compared to the previous presidential polls four years ago.
Iran is simultaneously holding the 12th presidential election, the 5th City and Village Councils elections, and the Parliament’s midterm election.
In the meantime, Iran’s central board responsible for monitoring elections announced in a statement that is ready to receive public’s reports on any potential electoral offenses.
Polling stations across Iran opened on Friday morning for the elections. 63,429 polling stations across Iran opened at 8 am local time on Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli’s order. Around 14,000 mobile ballot boxes have been also prepared for inaccessible and rural areas.
There are four candidates seeking presidency in the polls, including incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, Ebrahim Raisi, Mostafa Hashemitaba, and Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim.
A run-off would be held a week later if none of the candidates wins a majority, which is at least 50 percent plus one vote.