Voting to end in Iran by midnight

Voting in Iran’s parliamentary elections was extended for the fifth and last time in the Province of Tehran and numerous major provinces as the people in the capital kept casting its ballots even at the final hours of voting.

Elections is extended for the tenth round of parliament and fifth round of the Assembly of Experts for about one hour till 23:45 o’clock local time in Tehran and a number of cities on the decision of governorate generals of the provinces.

The voting time which was originally set for 18:00 hours local time was first extended for two hours to 20:00. Then it was extended for a second time to 21:00. But the overwhelming popular turnout prompted officials to extend the time once again to 22:00, 23:00, and 23:45.

Iranians went to the polls in over 1,063 constituencies for the fifth round of the Assembly of Experts and the 10th parliamentary elections.

Polling started in Iran at 8 am local time (04:30 GMT) in over 52,000 polling stations nationwide.

Some 54,915, 024 Iranians are eligible to participate in the event.

Currently, the Parliament has 290 representatives fourteen of whom represent non-Muslim religious minorities. Women constitute about eight percent of the Parliament members.

A total of 4,844 hopefuls, including about 500 women, who have been qualified from amongst 12,000 registered candidates by the Guardian Council, are taking part in the race today to occupy parliamentary seats. At least 21 people will vie for each seat in the legislature.

The elected candidates will serve from May 3, 2016 for a four-year term.

In the capital Tehran, more than 1,000 candidates are competing for just 30 parliamentary seats.

The Assembly of Experts will also see its 88 members elected today by the people for another eight-year term.

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