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Iran presidential election polls open in Iraq

Baghdad, June 18, IRNA – Iranians in Iraq can cast their votes in 14 voting polls in six Iraqi cities in the 13th presidential election as the voting polls in Iraq open.

Iran’s Embassy in Iraq announced that Iranians living in the country can vote in Baghdad, Karbala, Najaf, Basra, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah.

The voting polls opened at 8:00 a.m. local time and will receive votes until 6:00 p.m. local time (13:00 UTC).

In the previous presidential election of Iran held in 2017, Iraq was involved in a war with the ISIS which impeded voting process from being held normally. Therefore, it is expected that more Iranians living in Iraq would participate in this election, as the country has gotten rid of the ISIS.

Iran’s presidential election is being held nationwide as well as in 133 countries across the world.

Some 500 international journalists from 226 foreign media are covering the event in Iran.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Interior, 59,310,307 Iranians are eligible to vote, out of which 1.3 million are first-voters and 3.5 million are Iranians abroad.

Presidential candidates include Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei Mirqaed, Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, MP Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh and former Central Bank Governor Abdolnasser Hemmati.Saeed Jalili, Mohsen Mehralizadeh and Alireza Zakani, three other presidential candidates, dropped out of the presidential race.

The 13th presidential election is held simultaneous with the sixth round of city and village councils elections, the first mid-term for 11th parliament’s by-election, and the second mid-term for the fifth Assembly of Experts election.

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