Tehran (IP) - Iran's election headquarters has extended the voting hours for the presidential runoff until 10 PM on Friday to accommodate the surge in voter participation, two hours later than the originally planned 6 PM closing time.

Iran PressIran news: Iranians, both within the country and abroad, have been turning out in droves to cast their ballots and choose the next president in this highly anticipated runoff vote.

Polling stations opened at 8 AM local time (4:30 AM GMT) on Friday, and the Interior Ministry had initially set the closing time at 6 PM (2:30 PM GMT). However, as the day progressed, the elections headquarters announced the extension to 10 PM, with the possibility of further extensions until midnight, mirroring the process in the first round of voting.

Mohsen Eslami, the spokesperson for the national election headquarters, reported that voter participation has increased compared to the first round. By 5 PM local time, over 14 million Iranians had already cast their ballots, a significant two million more than in the initial vote.

"The voting process is going smoothly at more than 58,000 polling stations across the country," the Interior Ministry's officials have confirmed, underscoring the efficient and organized conduct of the runoff election.

This extended voting period underscores the high level of civic engagement and the Iranian electorate's determination to make their voices heard in this crucial presidential runoff. As the nation eagerly awaits the final results, the extended hours reflect the elections headquarters' commitment to ensuring that every eligible voter has the opportunity to participate in this democratic process.


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