Iran presidential election: Second round of voting begins

Voting for the second round of the presidential election has begun in Iran. Voting begins at 8am local time on Friday (July 5). The country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei voted in the capital Tehran.

In the meantime, he urged people from all walks of life to attend the polling stations and give their verdict.

The Supreme Leader said, I hope the Iranian people will vote spontaneously. The more clearly the voters declare their verdict, the more effective the country’s governance will be able to advance the state as well as play an effective role in the international arena.

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Voting will start at 8 am and will continue till 6 pm. However, if there is significant presence of voters in the polling stations even after the scheduled time, then the voting time will be extended. Those voting abroad will also fall under the same rules. Iranian citizens living in 95 countries around the world can vote in the presidential election.

In the first round of elections, 59,000 polling stations were prepared for voting within the country. The number of centers will remain the same in today’s election as well. However, election officials said to increase if necessary.

The contest in the second phase of the election is between former health minister Masoud Pezheshkian and former chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.

Four candidates competed in the election held on June 28, but no one got more than 50 percent of the votes, so the election went to the second phase.

Source: PressTV