Jun 18, 2021, 2:42 PM
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Iran Foreign Ministry inspecting polls in 133 states

Tehran, June 18, IRNA – Deputies of the Iranian foreign minister are busy monitoring casting votes for the 13th presidential election at Iranian polling stations around the world.

Kazem Sajjadi, deputy foreign minister for parliamentary and Iranian affairs; Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry; Mohsen Baharvand, deputy minister for legal and international affairs; and Ali Abolhassani, deputy minister for administrative affairs inspected the election processes in a virtual meeting at Iranian offices in other countries.

Javad Ma’boudifar, Iran’s consul general in Istanbul, reported that the consulate started voting process at 8:00 am and that people come to the polling station to cast their vote.

Iran has a ballot box in Izmir and there is a portable ballot box in Istanbul as well, the consul general said, adding that there are sufficient ballots in Istanbul.


Iran Foreign Ministry inspecting polls in 133 states

Iran’s consul general in Dubai, Mahmoudi, expressed that the organizers of the voting process in Dubai were shocked when they saw the mass turnout of Iranian expatriates at the polling station in the consulate.

Mahmoudi underlined that 700 or 800 people cast their vote in the very first hours of the election process, adding that first batch of ballots was used and the second batch has been distributed among voters.

The deputies also connected with Iran’s representatives in Germany, Malaysia, and other countries in a bid to discuss the presidential election processes in those states.

Spokesman Khatibzadeh wrote on his Twitter account that despite all restrictions due to COVID-19 protocols in different countries, thanks to efforts made by my colleagues in the Foreign Ministry, this year’s presidential election will be held in 133 countries in five continents with the use of 234 ballot boxes.


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