Iranian presidential candidates demand extension of voting period

  • 19-06-2021, 00:45
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    The four Iranian presidential candidates demanded an extension of the polling period to 2 am (9:30 GMT), due to the high turnout of citizens at the polling stations to cast their votes. 
    According to official statements from the four candidates, "the candidates demanded the Iranian Ministry of Interior to extend the voting period in the presidential elections to 2:00 p.m. due to the high turnout of citizens.
    In a related context, the head of the Iranian Election Commission, Jamal Araf, told the official IRNA news agency, "The Ministry of Interior has not yet published any statistics on the turnout," adding, "If there are people present at polling stations in cities and villages, the voting will be extended until 2 a.m. ( local time ) 
    Four candidates are competing for the presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They are the head of the judiciary, Ibrahim Raisi, the Secretary of the Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei, the deputy speaker of the Shura Council, Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, and the governor of the Central Bank, Abdel Nasser Hemmati.