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Iran election results to be released gradually: Official

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Iran’s Interior Ministry reversed its decision on how to release the results of the forthcoming presidential election, a deputy minister announced, saying the vote counts are going to be made public in a gradual process upon closure of the polls. Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Moqimi said on Wednesday night that the ministry, in charge of holding the election, has decided to publicize the ballot counts gradually after consultations with the Guardian Council and receiving the supervisory body’s interpretation of the rules. During a press conference on Wednesday morning, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli had announced that he would declare the results of Friday’s election only once they are finalized, citing a rule that forbids piecemeal release of the vote counts. During the previous elections, when the results of vote counts in different provinces were released intermittently, the number of votes of candidates swung remarkably, the minister explained, arguing that such swinging numbers led to wild speculations. Thereafter, the Guardian Council, which is in charge of supervising the elections, said it is not of the same mind with the decision not to publicize the ballot counts gradually. There are four candidates seeking presidency in Friday’s polls, including incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, Ebrahim Raisi, Mostafa Hashemitaba, and Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim. Two other hopefuls, Eshaq Jahangiri and Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, dropped out of the race in favor of Rouhani and Raisi, respectively. Election campaigning drew to a close on Thursday morning, 24 hours before polls open, according to the law.

 

Voter turnout estimated at 72%, no gradual announcement of results

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Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli said voter turnout for Friday election is estimated at 72%, adding the results will not be announced gradually but only after the vote count is done. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli in an interview with IRIB Tuesday night said the latest reliable surveys show voter turnout at 72%, adding the number is predicted to rise in the next two days. He noted a 63 per cent decrease in violations and offenses regarding the presidential campaigns compared to previous elections. According to Rahmani Fazli, 350,000 people are in charge of maintaining security during the voting process; about 70,000 inspectors will be present at the polling stations, with 100,000 government officials and 100,000 representatives from the Guardian Council. Each station will have 17 people in charge of overseeing the voting process. The security during the election will be provided by the police, IRGC, Basij and Intelligence Ministry officers, he added. “56,410,234 people are eligible to vote”, said Rahmani Fazli, adding “it is expected that the election results will be determined in the first round and there will be no need for a runoff”.

 

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