Iranian presidential elections voting time to be extended

Iranian presidential elections voting time to be extended

Iran, Tehran, June 14 / Trend S. Isayev, D. Khatinoglu/

The time for voting at the presidential elections in Iran will be extended, country's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said, Fars news agency reported.

Najjar did not mention the exact amount of extra time, but said that the reason for time extension is the willingness of people to massively participate in the voting process.

He added that there are 128 polling stations in 96 countries, where Iranians are able to vote, and depending on necessity the voting time in those countries will also be extended.

Previously, Najjar said that the time may be extended by 3 hours in addition to 10 hours of standard time.

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 are 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.

Previously, Najjar revealed that there were several minor violations registered at the polling stations, however the overall voting process is going on fine.

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