Iran extends presidential election by two hours

AFP , Friday 14 Jun 2013

Iran announces a two-hour extension period for voting due to high turnout

Iran will keep polls in Friday's presidential election open an extra two hours because of high voter turnout, state television reported.

"Due to a high turnout, electoral officials asked to extend the voting time by two hours" until 1530 GMT, it said, saying Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar had approved the request.

Najjar had earlier said that due to a "rush of voters," the initial 10-hour voting period would be extendedThe Guardians Council electoral watchdog said voting was taking place "without any problems."

The interior ministry has not given any turnout figures but some polling stations in the capital were packed with voters, according to AFP journalistsState television also broadcast footage of long queues at polling stations across the country, where more than 50 million people are eligible to vote.

Iran is electing a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is constitutionally barred from serving a third consecutive term.


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