Election results to be announced on Sunday except for Tehran

Iran Materials 16 December 2006 13:10 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) Results of the 4th Assembly of Experts and 3rd local council elections as well as second by-elections of the 7th Majlis in all constituencies except for Tehran will be announced Sunday evening, the interior ministry said today.

The 4th Assembly of Experts and 3rd local council elections were held simultaneously in 63,377 polling stations across the country Friday, reports Trend.

The 7th Majlis also held its second by-elections in three constituencies -- Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr (taken as one), Bam and Ahvaz Friday.

The head of the election headquarters, Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, told reporters that the results of the local council elections in small cities were about to be ascertained.

Election results in villages and cities are to be submitted to the heads of district offices and governors, respectively, he said, adding that the Supervisory Board will officially announce the results after confirming them.

On the Assembly of Experts elections, he said the votes in each province are to be collected in its capital city because the elections were held at the provincial level.

He said that the total results of the Assembly of Experts elections will be announced on Sunday, and expressed hope the results for Tehran province will also be announced by then.

On the Majlis by-election in three constituencies, Samareh Hashemi said the election results in Bam and Tehran will be announced on Saturday (today).

He said there were 3,120 polling stations and 9,360 ballot boxes in Tehran city, adding that vote counting in Tehran will be done by hand and by computer.

He praised the massive turn-out of the Iranian nation in Friday's elections, saying they "wrote an epic on Friday and added another honor to the Islamic Republic system."

Samareh Hashemi on Friday said over 46 million people were eligible to vote in the Assembly of Experts election and 43 million in the city and village council elections.