Iran to tighten border security close to presidential elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 27 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran will tighten the border security close to upcoming presidential elections, Fars reported citing deputy head commander of the border security, Mohammad Reza Tavoosi.
He said that the elections are closing in, and the control at the borders needs to be strengthened for security purposes.
Tavoosi added that security forces will be tasked to make sure the voting at the border provinces of Iran will be carried out without incidents.
The deputy commander noted that the border security will be on alert around 15 Iranian border provinces.
In April, Deputy Commander of Iran's Border Operation Troops Hamid Sharafi said that the residents of border areas will assist border guards during the presidential elections, after necessary training.
Sharafi noted that the number of border guards had been increased in the mountainous areas, it is planned to strengthen control on maritime borders too.
Iran will hold the 11th presidential election on June 14, 2013.
The voters will select the successor of the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is not able to participate in the elections for the third term according to the country's constitutional laws.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.