Voter turnout in Iran elections around 80%‎: Informed sources

fathi20130615053813620Informed sources say the voter turnout in Iran’s 11th presidential election has been around 80 percent, Press TV reports.

Meanwhile, Officials at the Election Headquarters of the Iranian Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that 6,387,317 valid ballots – from a total of 6,598,300 votes cast – have been counted at 12,058 polling stations so far (09:30 am Tehran time).

Candidate Hassan Rohani is in the lead, according to the results so far, with Principlist candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf coming in second.

If a candidate wins over 50 percent of the vote in the first round, he will replace incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Otherwise, a run-off will be held in a week’s time to determine a final winner in the race.

On Friday, millions of Iranian voters headed for polling stations to cast their ballots and choose the country’s 11th president as well as their representatives in the City and Village Councils.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the June 14 elections.

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