Tehran, Iran, May 19, 2017
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
The government has extended polling hours to 24:00 as long lines of voters are still waiting their turn to cast their vote.
The election headquarters of the Ministry of Interior at 23:00 ordered executive staff to move voters indoors, close the stations, and continue serving the voters to midnight, IRIB news agency reported May 19.
Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said according to law polling will stop at midnight and no further extension would be possible.
The elections in Iran started on May 19 at 8:00 local time. There are about 56 million eligible Iranians and they can vote at one of 63,500 polling stations across the country.
Reportedly so far over 32 million Iranians have voted in election, which means about a 57 percent turnout.
There are four candidates seeking presidency in the polls, including incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, Ebrahim Raisi, Mostafa Hashemitaba, and Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim.