70 percent of votes cast by Iranians residing abroad counted - official

Iran Materials 15 June 2013 12:26 (UTC +04:00)

Head of the Elections headquarters for Foreign Countries Kazem Sajjadi said 70 percent of the votes cast by the Iranians residing abroad for the 11th presidential elections were counted, IRNA reported.

Sajjadi said that election is still going on in Americas.

He noted that the results of vote counting in Asia and Pacific countries as well as part of Europe have already been announced by the Interior Ministry which is in charge of the elections process.

The official termed the turnout of the Iranians living abroad in the presidential elections as "higher" compared to the previous ones and said Iranian nationals in foreign countries displayed an enthusiastic and active participation in elections.

Presidential elections are the only polling incident in which Iranians living in foreign countries are eligible to vote.

The 11th presidential elections were held in 96 foreign countries and in 128 polling stations which accommodated 290 balloting boxes.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry devised 25 polling stations across the US in addition to those in New York and Washington, three in Australia and one in London.

Iranians on pilgrimage trips to Iraq and Saudi Arabia were also able to vote in the stations installed in the holy cities.

The 11th presidential and 4th city and urban council elections were held in some 60,000 polling stations nationwide Friday.

The six candidates running in the presidential election were President of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research Hassan Rohani, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former telecommunications minister Mohammad Gharazi.

Iran's Interior Ministry has updated the voting count for the presidential elections in the country, and according to the latest statistics say so far votes from 14,603 polling stations were counted (out of 58,764 stations). Totally 8,319,768 votes are already counted.

Thus far Hassan Rouhani continues to lead the race with 4,125,032 votes.

He is followed by Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf (1,341,947), Saeed Jalili (1,056,327), Mohsen Rezaee (902,121), Ali Akbar Velayati (521,097), and Mohammad Gharazi (104,214).

The 11th presidential elections have officially started yesterday in Iran. Over 50 million Iranians were eligible to take part in Friday's polls.

Due to high amount of people willing to leave their votes for the candidates, the time of the elections was extended several times, before the final closure of the polls.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. The Guardian Council has vetted the candidates for qualifications.