Polls open in Iran’s 2021 presidential election
Polls have opened nationwide in Iran’s 2021 presidential election. About 59.3 million Iranians are entitled to vote for one of four candidates running, according to the Iranian Interior Ministry.
Polls opened across the country from 07:00 am local time on Friday, June 18, and will run until 12:00 am on Saturday.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei cast his ballot earlier today.
The latest study of voter inclinations according to Press TV:
The voter support for presidential candidate Ebrahim Raeisi — who already ranks first in polls — has risen to 68.9%.
The study, based on prominent polls and finalized on Thursday (June 15) — just one day before polls open in the presidential election — also showed that 8.1% of individuals who said they would definitely participate in the June 18 election would vote for Mohsen Rezaei.
Candidate Nasser Hemmati was third with 4.6%; and Candidate Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi was fourth with 3.8%.
Some 14.6% of voters were either undecided, or unclear about their favorite candidate, or said they would cast a blank vote.
Also, voter turnout is estimated to be at 47.3%.
Three presidential candidates, namely Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh, Alireza Zakani, and Saeed Jalili, dropped out of the race on Wednesday.