Election campaign ends in Iran

The Constitutional Guardians Council suspended 6,850 out of 14,000 candidates applying for election, Reuters reports.

Today in Iran, the election campaign officially dedicated to the unicameral parliament elections has officially ended.

It ended the day before the vote, when citizens of Iran will have to elect 290 deputies

The campaign ended at 08:00 local time, from that moment on, any campaign is a violation of election law, election organizers say.

The Constitutional Guardians Council suspended 6,850 out of 14,000 candidates applying for election, Reuters reports.

“We expect 50% of the population to vote,” said Abbasali Kadhodai, spokeswoman for the Guardian Council, at a television press conference.

In 2016, the turnout in parliamentary elections in Iran was 62%, and in 2012, about 66% of voters voted.  About 58 million residents have the right to vote in Iran.

Earlier, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said voting in general elections is a “religious duty” for citizens of the Islamic Republic.

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