Parliamentary elections start in Iran
(dpa) - Parliamentary elections started Friday in Iran, with 4,400 candidates running for a total of 290 seats.
Voting was scheduled to go on for 10 hours until 6 pm (1430 GMT) and could then be extended for another two or even four hours until 10 pm (1830 GMT).
The main race is between the ruling ultra-conservative faction close to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reformists close former president Mohammad Khatami and a conservative faction headed by former chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, which is critical of Ahmadinejad's economic policies.
As votes were again being cast manually, first results from the provinces were expected to be announced by Saturday noon, while results for the politically important Tehran constituency were not expected before Sunday.