Over 59.3 million Iranians are eligible to vote for one of four candidates running.
Polls opened across the country at 07:00 am local time on Friday, June 18, and will run until 05:00 pm. Voting can be extended until 12:00 am on Saturday, and for two more hours then, if necessary.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei cast his ballot early on.
“Election Day is the day of the Iranian nation. Today, people are in charge,” Ayatollah Khamenei said after casting his vote. “Even one single vote counts. No one should say ‘What will my one vote do?’ These one votes become millions when combined.”
Senior Iranian officials, including the heads of the three branches of government, also cast their votes at polling states in the capital, Tehran.
Officials have stressed that health protocols will be strictly observed in all polling stations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Village and city council and midterm parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections are also being held in Iran today.