Iran’s president casts vote
Iran, Tehran, June 14 / Trend, T.Jafarov/
Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad voted when a half of an hour left before the end of the standard voting time. According to IRNA news agency, Ahmadinejad was accompanied by vice president Mammadrza Rahimi.
The 11th presidential elections have officially started today in Iran.
Before, Abbas Amirifard, a person close to the president had told Mehr News Agency that Ahmadinejad will vote in the afternoon.
The elections have begun at 8 o'clock by local time (4:30 am London time)and the standard time of voting is 10 hours.
The people of Iran will use 66,000 polling stations across the country to cast their votes for the presidential candidates.
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.
Iran's current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not participating in the election race due to constitutional laws, which permit a person to participate for presidenicy for the third straight term.
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.
Over 420 journalists from 39 countries will be covering the presidential elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to country's Public Relations and Information Center of Ministry of Culture.
Such countries as Azerbaijan, Germany, Australia, Russia, Japan, UK, UAE, France, Turkey, Iraq, Ukraine, USA, Syria, China will be covering the elections in Iran.