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Polls close in Iran, vote count begins

Service : Politic
Tehran, March 2 (ICANA) –The polls have closed in Iran’s parliamentary election after voting was extended for five hours, and the process of counting ballots has begun.
Sunday, March 04, 2012 2:39:38 PM
Polls close in Iran, vote count begins

The polling stations closed at 11:00 p.m. local time on Friday after Iranian election officials extended voting for the ninth parliamentary election, which was originally scheduled to end at 6:00 p.m.

Afterwards, Election Headquarters director Seyyed Solat Mortazavi said the results would be announced in 48 to 72 hours.

Officials reported that over 31 million ballots had been cast by 9:00 p.m., indicating an overall voter turnout of 64.6 percent.

Over 48 million Iranian citizens were eligible to vote in the election, 3.9 million of them for the first time.

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