High turnout in general election
Guardian Council spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaii is reported as saying in the Tehran Times that turnout in yesterday’s general election was 8% to 9% higher than in 2008. The turnout in 2008 was 60% and therefore we can assume that turnout this time will be closer to 70%.
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) is reporting that in some places polling stations remained open for a further two hours, until 10 p.m. to accommodate long lines of voters waiting to vote.
IRNA also reports that ‘Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said that the massive turnout of people in the Ninth Parliamentary (Majlis) Elections infuriated and disappointed the enemies’. The minister went on to say that ‘The people of Islamic Iran with their massive turnout in the election showed the big powers that their anti-Iran propaganda failed and they should still remain faithful to ideals of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and ethical values.’
There are only early results available at this time, but the supporters of President Ahmedinejad are believed to have done badly in the election.