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The Financial Express

Voting begins in Iran to elect 290 MPs

Published: February 21, 2020 15:46:02 | Updated: February 21, 2020 18:26:32


Voting begins in Iran to elect 290 MPs

Voting began in the Iranian parliamentary election on Friday as supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was seen casting the first vote on the state television, says a Xinhua report.

“The election safeguards the interests of the country,” Khamenei said, urging the nation to actively participate in the polls and calling the election day as a “national celebration.”

Nearly 58 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the parliamentary elections, during which lawmakers for the 290-seat chamber will be elected.

Out of the total, 2.9 million are potential first-time voters. The voting age in Iran has been 18 since January 2007.

 

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