IRNA – Iranians residing in Japan went to polling stations at 3:30 pm local time (11:30 pm GMT) to participate in Iran’s 12th presidential election.
Iranian residents in Japan, student, university professors, merchants and embassy staff and other Iranian bodies attended the event.
Presidential election is being held in 102 world countries.
In addition to the 12th presidential election and the fifth city and village council election, by-election is also being held in the cities of Isfahan (in Isfahan), Maragheh, Ahar, Heris (in East Azarbaijan), Ajabshir, Bastak, Parsian and Bandar Lengeh (in Hormuzgan) to elect representatives for a number of vacant parliament seats.
For the presidential competition, the candidates 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.
First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and Mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf were other presidential candidates who quitted the presidential race to support their favorite candidates (Rouhani and Raeisi, respectively).
Polling stations are open from 8am until 7pm local time (3:30am to 2:30pm GMT) although authorities have announced that the country’s 63,500 polling stations could extend their voting time if necessary.
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.