Iran's Presidential Election Sees Massive Turnout as Polls Open Amidst High Expectations

Iranians have been queuing at polling stations in large numbers to cast their ballots in the country's snap presidential election, which comes after the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raeisi and his entourage in a helicopter crash on May 19.

Iran (IMNA) - The election commission has reported that over 61 million people are eligible to vote, with 60,000 polling stations set up across the country.

According to officials, polls will be open from 8 am to midnight, with voters required to present identification to cast their ballots. The election headquarters has dispatched equipment and facilities to all provinces to ensure a smooth voting process. A total of 58,640 polling stations have been set up across the country, with 43,425 being stationary and 15,215 being mobile.

The four remaining candidates in the race are Masoud Pezeshkian, Mustafa Pour-Mohammadi, Saeed Jalili, and Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf. Candidate Alireza Zakani withdrew from the race earlier this week, making him the second candidate to do so after Amir-Hossein Ghazi-Zadeh Hashemi on June 26.

The voting process has seen a massive turnout, with the elections headquarters extending the voting hours twice due to the high number of voters. The first extension was from 8 pm to 10 pm Tehran Local Time, and a second extension was made until midnight.

The results of the election are expected to be announced soon, with high expectations surrounding the outcome given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the election.

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