Massive turnout in Iran presidential election abroad: Spokesman
Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Qasemi, stated that there has been huge turnout of people in Iran's presidential elections held across the world.

Speaking to IRNA, Qasemi said that the students and the youth had a massive participation in the presidential election.

According to the reports coming from the Iranian missions in the Asian and Pacific countries which election has started there, people's participation is unprecedented, the spokesman added.

Referring to people's role in reinforcing Iran's security, Qasemi said that Iran is not member of any military and security union and relies on people for its security.

The ongoing election is a turning-point in the Iranian nation move towards the future, Qasemi added.

Qasemi pointed to the removal of Iran's sanctions after the nuclear deal and voiced hope that the Iranian nation be able to continue the ongoing economic development.

People's vigilance and their presence in the election can promote the country’s security and satiability, the spokesman said while pointing to the turmoil in the region.

Qasemi noted that the nation will teach the foreign powers that the Iranian nation are supportive of their country’s independence and sovereignty.

Polling stations are open from 8am until 6pm local time (3:30am to 1:30pm GMT) although authorities have announced that the country's 63,500 polling stations could extend their voting time if necessary.

The four candidates running in the presidential competition are incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, the Custodian of Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine Ebrahim Raeisi and former minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mostafa Aqa Mirsalim and former Minister of Physical Education Mostafa Hashemi Taba.

Over 56 million Iranians are eligible to vote in Iran's 12th presidential elections, according to the Election Headquarters of the Interior Ministry.

Out of the total eligible voters over 1.3 million are those who vote for the first time.

Some 570 international journalists from 42 countries are covering the event in Iran.

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News Code: 15984  |  Date: 2017/05/19  |  Time: 15 : 45

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