Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, former Iranian president Rafsanjani cast their votes
Iran, Tehran, June 14 /Trend T. Jafarov/
The Chairman of the Assembly of Experts of Iran, Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani and Iran's former president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani cast their votes for presidential elections.
Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani is an Iranian cleric, conservative politician, writer and current Chairman of the Assembly of Experts. He is also the current leader of Combatant Clergy Association.
Rafsanjani was among the presidential candidates until his candidacy was dismissed by the Guardian Council of Iran.
After casting his vote, Rafsanjani expressed hope that the result of the elections would lead to the unity of Iran's society, to elimite internal and external threats.
Active Iranian presidential candidates Ali Akbar Velayati, Mohammad Gharazi and Hassan Rouhani have cast their votes at the presidential elections as well.
Grand Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani, and Head of Iran's judiciary system, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani have cast their votes in the presidential elections.
Earlier, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has cast his vote as well, and urged people to actively participate at the elections.
The 11th presidential elections have officially started today in Iran.
There are six candidates participating in the current presidential elections: Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential poll. Iranians living in other countries would be able to vote through the embassies of Iran in those countries.
The primary results of the June 14 presidential election will be announced by the Iranian Interior Ministry, and would be then approved by the Guardian Council.