Zarif assures Iranian expats of protecting their votes

IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured the Iranian expatriates that their votes in Iran’s 12th presidential election will be protected.

Zarif gave the assurance here on Friday during his visit to the Iranian expatriates’ election headquarters at the Foreign Ministry.

Presidential election, being held nationwide and in 102 world countries, is the special characteristic of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region, Zarif told reporters.

Massive turnout in Iran’s presidential election indicates how much the people attach importance to the religious democracy, Zarif noted.

According to reports, over 56 million of Iranians are eligible to go to the polls. Out of the total eligible voters over 1.3 million are those who vote for the first time.

Polling stations for the 12th presidential election and the fifth city and village councils elections 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 presidential candidates include President Hassan Rouhani, Custodian of the Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine Ebrahim Raeisi, former minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mostafa Aqa Mirsalim and former minister of Physical Education Mostafa Hashemi Taba.