Feb 26, 2016, 8:00 AM
Polls close across Iran

TEHRAN, Feb. 26 (MNA) – Follow all news and events about Iran elections for Parliament and Assembly of Experts in this live coverage updated momentarily.


Polling stations acrross Iran close doors after several extensions at 23:45. Election process officially started at 8 am and lasted for nearly 16 hours. While doors to stations are closed, all participants on the lines should be allowed to cast their ballots before ballot boxes are clsoed. Countings begin right after the last participants leaves the station.



Elections Headquarters has extended working hour of polling stations in Tehran and major cities for 45 minutes until 23:15 local time, 20:15 GMT. It is expected to be the final extension.



Guardian Council spokesman says 28 million ballots used until 21:00 local time. Over 54 million Iranians are eligible to vote in this round of elections. Read More



Head of Interior Ministry Headquarter Seyed Hossein Hashemi announces that elections in Tehran province has been extended for one more hour until 23:00 local time, 19:30 GMT. All closing stations must allow all people currently on the lines to get inside the stations and vote.



Election time extended once more and for one more hour until 22:00 Tehran time, 18:30 GMT.



Polling extended again for an hour up to 21:00, according to official statement of Election Office. 



Head of Iran’s Election Office Mohammad Hossein Moghimi announced the possibility to extend the polling time once again in some electoral districts.



Election Office announced the official extension of polling for 2 hours all across the country.



Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister and Ministry’s Spokesperson announced that extension of elections is highly possible in some electoral districts. 



Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaghari said elections are being held all across the country in full security and under full supervision.  



For Assembly of Experts election, there are 31 main electoral districts and 1031 secondary constituencies, while for the Parliamentary elections, there are 207 main electoral districts and 855 secondary ones. 
54,915,024 Iranians are eligible to vote. People born on 26 Feb. 1998 will have their first time voting in the country’s elections. Their population for this round of elections stands at 3,088,300. 
Provinces of Tehran, Razavi Khorasan, Khuzestan, Isfahan, Fars and East Azerbaijan have the most voting-eligible population in the country. 
Under article 8 of the electoral law, representatives of Parliament require at least 25 percent of the votes to be legitimate for entering the 290-seat parliament, while no quorum is set for candidates of jurisprudential experts. 
60,000 ballot boxes have been allocated for the Parliamentary elections and 60,000 others for the Assembly of Experts elections. 
There are 52,000 polling stations for this round of elections in each one of which there are one member from the monitoring committee, one representative from the governorate, one inspector and two police officers, as well as a representative for the election candidates.



Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has casted his vote.

“The massive turnout proves that Iranian nation are perceptive about their future; the participation would result in more efficiency in the country,” said Larijani.

Underlining the role of the Parliament in the country, the official said “both Parliament and Assembly of Experts are decisive bodies of the government; the election of qualified candidates would lead to better future for the country.” Read More



Head of Iran's Judiciary Ayatollah Amoli Larijani casts ballot in Amol, Mazandaran province.

Noting the role of people's participation in regional and international arena, he urged all Iranians to participate in elections.



President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote in the ballot box.

“Today’s elections are the symbol of Iran’s political independence,” said the President after paying a visit to the election office and casting his votes.

He underlined "the government will protect the nation’s votes like a 'great safekeeping.'"



Head of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani casts his vote in ballot box. 

Urging massive turnout in elections he said one vote does not work alone, but overall votes will determine the fate of the democratic countries on polling.



Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif casts his vote in ballot box.



“In Islamic teachings being the first in doing virtues is encouraged. I also wanted to be quick in participating in elections in very first minutes,’ said Leader after casting his vote. “Elections is important and in particular times it is more important.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also reaffirmed the necessity of participation of all eligible voters in the elections; “as said before, everyone should participate in elections. Anyone who loves his or her country should take part in the elections.” Read More



Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei casts his vote in ballot box.



Interior minister officially announces beginning of the elections.

Appreciating the efforts by all executive and administrative bodies of the government for holding the elections Rahmani Fazli said “voting is a right and we have to protect the right today by providing a tranquil and precise election.”

“I hope all Iranians feel responsibility to participate and form a magnificent and healthy election today,” he added and underlined “voting will continue for 10 hours however extensions are possible.”



Polls open across Iran.

The ballot boxes open across the Islamic Republic of Iran where nearly 55 million Iranians are eligible to vote for their candidates to win the seats in the Parliament and the Assembly of Experts. According to the law, election time begins at 8 am and continues for 10 hours where extensions are possible based on the turnout. Elections Headquarters in Interior Ministry is responsible for deciding about the extension.

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