UPDATE ~ Iran extends polling hours for presidential runoff vote for 5th time

[JURIST] Iran state television announced Friday that the Iranian Interior Ministry would extend the polling hours of the country's second presidential runoff election for the fifth time. The voting started at 9 AM local time and was scheduled to end at 7 PM, but has now been extended until 11 PM at the request of many provinces, which are experiencing long lines. In last Friday's inconclusive vote, polling hours were also extended several times. The runoff occured after neither Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC profile] or Mahmood Ahmadinejad [BBC profile] obtained the required 50% vote. In the first round, Rafsanjani received 21 percent of the votes cast, and Ahmadinejad received 19.5 percent. The final result is expected by midday Saturday. IranMania has more.

 

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