Iranians go to polls in Brazil

Madrid, May 19, IRNA – Polling stations opened in Brasilia and Sao Paulo in Brazil on Friday at 08am local times (15:00 in Tehran) for Iran’s 12th presidential election.

The two polling stations were set at the Iranians’ school in Brasilia and a mosque in the city of Sao Paulo, southern Brazil.

The 12th presidential elections began in Iran and 102 other countries on Friday.

The candidates are incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, Custodian of Imam Reza (AS) Holy shrine Ebrahim Raeisi and former minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mostafa Aqa Mirsalim and former Minister of Physical Education Mostafa Hashemi Taba.

First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and Mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf were other presidential candidates who quit the presidential race to support their favorite candidates (Rouhani and Raeisi respectively).

Over 56 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the election, according to the Election Headquarters of the Interior Ministry.

Out of the total eligible voters over 1.3 million are those who vote for the first time.

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of votes cast, the top two candidates will compete in a run-off election on May 26.