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Iran extends presidential election by three hours

Last Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 21:19

Tehran: Iran will keep polls in Friday`s presidential election open an extra three hours because of high voter turnout, state television reported.

"Due to a high turnout, electoral officials asked to extend the voting time by three hours" until 1630 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 extended.

The 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 journalists.

State 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.


First Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 19:41

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