Iran election - high voter turnout expected
Iran's Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli said Friday that based on statistics available, the number of voters in the 10th Presidential Elections will be record high nationwide. Mahsouli told IRNA that the high voter turnout in Iran's election "opens yet another golden page in the history of Iran's Islamic Revolution."
Acording to him, the Iranian people have "alertly, jubilantly and conscientiously" taken part in the event since the early hours in the morning when polling started. Polling began nationwide at 08:00 hours local time (0330 GMT) Friday to elect the country's next president.
Four candidates, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Mohsen Rezaie, are competing against each other in the elections.
Meanwhile, Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said Friday that today "is a highly important da"y as the country witnesses a huge turnout of the people to decide their fate. "Today, it was an opportunity (for me) to cast my vote in Qom near the holy shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh (SA). Today is a highly important day and we are witnessing a large participation of people to decide country's fate," said Larijani, according to IRNA.