Voting begins in Iran's run-off parliamentary election

Reuters News
Posted: May 03, 2012 11:54 PM
Voting begins in Iran's run-off parliamentary election

DUBAI (Reuters) - Polls opened on Friday for Iran's run-off parliamentary election, state television reported, in a vote which will determine the upcoming assembly's balance.

State television said polling stations in 33 constituencies, including the capital Tehran, opened their doors to voters at 8 a.m. (0430 GMT). They are due to close at 6 p.m. (1430 GMT), although officials have said the time could be extended.

Some 65 seats from the 290-member assembly are up for grabs, after loyalists to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei won a majority at the expense of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the first round.

Ahmadinejad is expected to face more challenges during the rest of his second and final term, after the wide defeat of his allies in the first round of the vote in March. The election result will have a bearing on the country's 2013 presidential election.

(Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian)