More than 64% voted in Iran poll: Minister

AFP , Saturday 3 Mar 2012

The turnout of Iran's parliament election reaches 64% compering to 55% in 2008 election, indicators also shows the Conservatives Party might win the majority

More than 64 per cent of the registered electorate voted in Iran's parliamentary poll, the interior minister said on Saturday in a preliminary estimate of the turnout.

"Based on the preliminary estimate, participation nationwide stands at 64.2 per cent, but this figure is not final," Mostafa Mohammad Najar told the state broadcaster.

Participation in legislative polls normally varies between 50% and 70%. The figure stood at 55.4% in the last election in 2008, according to official figures.

Mohammad Najar said that so far 135 candidates have won seats in the 290-member parliament, with results in larger constituencies expected by Monday.

The Islamic republic's ruling conservatives predicted a massive turnout in Friday's election despite a boycott by a large part of the reformist opposition.

The interior minister said turnout stood at 48 per cent in the capital, up from 30 per cent in the 2008 legislative poll.

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