Tehran – Voting stations opened in Iran at 8am local time on Friday for the 12th presidential and the fifth city and village council elections in about 63,500 polling stations, Iranian News Agency (IRNA) reported.

For the presidential competition, the candidates are incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, the Custodian of Imam Reza (AS) Holy shrine Ebrahim Raeisi and former minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mostafa Aqa Mirsalim and former Minister of Physical Education Mostafa Hashemi Taba.

First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and Mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf were other presidential candidates who quitted the presidential race to support their favorite candidates Rouhani and Raeisi respectively.

Over 56 million Iranians are eligible to vote in Iran’s 12th presidential elections, according to the Election Headquarters of the Iranian Interior Ministry. Out of the total eligible voters over 1.3 million are those who vote for the first time. Presidential election is also being held in 102 countries.

In addition to the 12th presidential election and the fifth city and village council election, by-election is also being held in the cities of Isfahan (in Isfahan), Maragheh, Ahar, Heris (in East Azarbaijan), Ajabshir, Bastak, Parsian and Bandar Lengeh (in Hormuzgan) to elect representatives for a number of vacant parliament seats.

Source: Qatar News Agency