THE WORLDPOST

Iranians Celebrate At The Voting Booth On Election Day

Voting hours were extended several times due to high voter turnout.

27/02/2016 9:13 AM AEDT | Updated 27/02/2016 9:14 AM AEDT
ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
An Iranian woman proudly displays her ink-stained finger after casting her ballot at a polling station in Tehran on Feb. 26, 2016.

Iranians voted in elections on Friday for the first time since the country struck a nuclear deal with world powers last year.

The voters are choosing new members of Iran's Parliament, as well as the Assembly of Experts, the body which elects and supervises Iran's supreme leader. The country's conservative Guardian Council vets candidates, and many reformists were reportedly among those disqualified.

In the end, some 6,000 candidates vied for 290 seats in Parliament, and 166 ran for the 88-member Assembly of Experts. Initial results are expected to start coming in on Saturday, with the full results unlikely to be clear before Tuesday.

The controversy over disqualified candidates did not appear to dampen the enthusiasm of voters, at least in certain areas. Voting hours were extended several times on Friday due to high voter turnout. 

Take a look at the photos below from Iran on election day:

  • Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    An Iranian man displays his identity document as he waits to cast a ballot for both elections at Husseiniyeh Irshad polling station in Tehran.
  • Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    An Iranian woman displays her ink-stained finger and a selfie after casting her ballot in Tehran.
  • Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    Iranians pose for a photo after voting in both elections in Tehran.
  • ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
    Iranians pose for a picture after casting their ballots.
  • Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    A Jewish woman signs after casting her vote at the Yusef Abad Synagogue in Tehran.
  • Pool/Iran Presidency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets people after casting his ballot for both elections at a polling station in Tehran.
  • Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his ballot at a polling station in Tehran.

More On This Topic