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Iran kicks off 9th parliamentary elections

Service : Politic
Tehran, March 2 (ICANA) – Amid expectations of a high voter turnout, the 9th Majlis (parliamentary) elections since the 1979 Islamic Revolution have officially started across Iran, with over 48 million people eligible to vote.
Sunday, March 04, 2012 2:32:09 PM
Iran kicks off 9th parliamentary elections

Voting began in the capital, Tehran, where more than five million people are eligible to cast their ballots, and other cities and towns across the country at 08:00 a.m. local time (0430 GMT) on Friday, and will continue until 06:00 p.m. (14:30 GMT).

Majlis candidates launched the weeklong campaign on February 23 by introducing their plans to the public. The elections campaign drew to a close on Thursday.

Iran's Guardian Council, charged with supervising the elections, approved the competence of 3,454 candidates.

On February 21, Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said that 48,288,799 people are eligible to cast their ballots in the Majlis vote.

Over 5,400 had registered to contest the 290 parliamentary seats. More than 47,000 polling stations will operate nationwide during the elections.

Some 3.9 million people will cast their votes for the first time.

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