Parliamentary elections: Iran going for the international record

Posted on March 2, 2012

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Iran is going for the international record for the number of people participating at the parliamentary elections, chairman of the Iranian State Commission on elections Sulet Murtazavi said.

Murtazavi noted that a number of people participating at the parliamentary elections in the country is big, and its being monitored.

“So far, we do not have the exact numbers of voters from the provinces,” Murtazavi said. “However, the number of voters is big”.

The 9th parliamentary elections in Iran continue, after kicking off nearly 5 hours ago. The electoral process was opened with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casting the first vote.

Journalists and reporters from Germany, Austria, Spain, the U.S., Ukraine, Italy, Brazil, Belgium, Turkey, Czech Republic, Russia, France, Japan, Finland, Canada, South Korea, Lebanon and Venezuela are covering the parliamentary elections in Iran.

Over 3,000 candidates compete in the parliamentary elections. The elections take place in 46,062 polling stations. They are held in 14,307 polling stations by using the mobile ballot boxes. According to the law, the parliamentary elections must last 10 hours, but if there is a need, the interior minister may extend the voting time.

The election results may be made public in 48 – 72 hours after the election day (from March 2). For the first time, the electronic voting will be widely used in Iran. The electronic voting takes place in the main polling stations of 14 provinces.

About 48 million people have the right to vote in Iran. According to Iranian News Network, a lot of people have been active in casting their votes at the 9th parliamentary elections in the country.

So far no serious violations were obseved at the elections, according to press-secretary of Iran’s guardian council Abbasali Kadhudai.

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