CBS correspondent admires Iran's elections

Tehran, May 19, IRNA – An American TV correspondent present in Iran to cover the elections' news described the event as “glorious” and “lively”.

The female journalist of CBS television network who was covering Iranians’ participation in general elections at Lorzadeh Mosque in Tehran on Friday, said that the turnout is massive since the ongoing elections are of great importance and influence.

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.

Two female correspondents from CBS as well as some other reporters from Switzerland, Spain and Arab countries at the polling station attracted much attention.

252 correspondents from 119 media of 29 countris have received visa to cover the 12th presidential elections, showing a 35 percent increase compared to the previous event, according to Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s Foreign Press Department.

Another 318 correspondents resident in Iran also cover the elections’ news.

Over 56 million Iranians are eligible to vote in Iran's 12th presidential elections, according to the Election Headquarters of the Interior Ministry.

Some 66.7 percent of respondents to a survey carried out by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on May 7-8 said they will participate in Iran’s May 19 presidential elections.

Presidential election is also being held in 102 countries.