Intelligence Minister: No security challenge in elections so far

Tehran, May 19, IRNA - Iran's general elections have been going on smoothly so far without any security challenge, said Intelligence Minister on Friday.

Mahmoud Alavi, who was at the Ministry of Interior polling station to cast his votes, said that Iranian people had always been playing their best roles, and this time too they had a prudent participation in the current elections as a positive response to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s call for a huge turnout.

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution which led to the fall of the Pahlavi regime, Iran has held one election each year on average, all of which have witnessed large turnout of the people.

Voting stations opened in Iran at 8 am local time (03:30 GMT) on Friday for the 12th presidential and the fifth city and village council elections in about 63,500 polling stations.

“Our colleagues all over the country are monitoring the situation vigilantly and in case of any suspicious movement, they would confront it duly” added the minister.

He affirmed that there had been no counter security incident so far, and hoped that there would not be any until the end of the election process.