Iran confirms opposition leader Karroubi's voting
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26
By Emil Ilgar - Trend:
A mobile ballet box was taken to the house of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Hossein Ali Amiri told Mehr News Agency Feb. 26.
In 2009, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected the president of Iran for the second term, the opposition leaders protested the decision, which later resulted in massive protests across Iran, in particular in Tehran.
Opposition websites earlier reported that Karroubi, who has been under house arrest since 2011, asked for a mobile ballet box.
The reformists' leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi have been under house arrest since 2011 due to protests against the disputed presidential elections of 2009.
Iranians started voting at 8:00 local time (GMT +3:30) today. They will elect 290 members of the parliament, and 88 members of the Assembly of Experts.
Some 4,844 candidates are competing, while about 55 million Iranians are eligible to vote. Each nominee should get at least 25 percent of votes in his constituency, otherwise a second round of elections will have to be held a month after the results of the first round.