Fri May 19, 2017 7:56AM
Iranians stand in long ques to cast their votes for the country's 2017 elections in the central city of Isfahan on Friday, May 19.
Iranians stand in long ques to cast their votes for the country's 2017 elections in the central city of Isfahan on Friday, May 19.

Iran's 2017 Elections Live Update

 

Rouhani extends gratitude to Iranian nation

  • President Hassan Rouhani thanks the Iranian nation in a tweet. “Great Iranian nation! You are winner of elections. I humbly bow to you. I will remain loyal to my pledge to you.”

Congratulations begin to pour in

  • Head of the Iraqi National Alliance Ammar al-Hakim also extended his “sincerest” congratulations to Rouhani. He expressed hope that during Rouhani’s second term in office, Baghdad-Tehran ties would further develop to serve the interests of the two countries and help regional peace.
  • Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, felicitates Rouhani on his reelection.
  • Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has sent Rouhani a message, congratulating him on his reelection.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extends his "heartiest" congratulations to Rouhani on his reelection, saying his country remains committed to strengthening ties with Iran. 
  • Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende welcomes the reelection of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. 
  • Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also congratulates Rouhani on his reelection.
  • Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri hails Rouhani’s reelection. 
  • Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulates Rouhani on his reelection.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to Rouhani on his reelection, saying he attaches great importance to developing Beijing-Tehran ties.
  • Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev congratulates Rouhani on his reelection as Iran’s president.
  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad felicitates Rouhani on his victory in Iran’s presidential vote, stressing further cooperation between Damascus and Tehran. 
  • The Kuwaiti emir as well as the country’s crown prince and prime minister congratulate Rouhani on his reelection The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) extends congratulations to Rouhani on winning a second term in office.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates Iran’s Rouhani on his reelection and expresses Moscow's readiness to further develop ties with Tehran. 
  • Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei thanks the nation for the massive turnout in the vote.
  • The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, takes to Twitter to congratulate Rouhani on winning a second term.

Final Results

  • Aqa-Mirsalim and Hashemi-Taba secured 478, 215 and 215, 450 votes each.
  • Rouhani won 57 percent (23, 549, 616) of the 41, 220,131 ballots cast, while Raeisi came second with 38.5 percent (15,786,449 votes), Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced.
  • With almost all the ballots counted, Rouhani is declared as the winner of the 12th presidential election.

Second series of partial results

  •  Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli is due to announce the final results at 2:00 p.m. Iran time (0930 GMT) on Saturday.
  • Out of the total votes cast, 38,914,470 ballots were declared valid, with the voter turnout standing at over 70, according to unofficial results.
  • Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi-Taba have received 455,211 and 210,597 votes respectively.
  • The Interior Ministry updates the partial results, putting Rouhani in the lead with 22,797,468 out of the 40,076,729 votes cast, followed by Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, who has secured 15,452,194. The figures amount to 56.88 and 38.55 percent of the ballots.

First series of partial results

  • The Interior Ministry puts the number of participants in the poll at over 40 million, but says the turnout figure is not final.
  • Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, the other two candidates, have won 297,276 and 139,331 votes respectively, according to early results.
  • The Interior Ministry says presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani is leading with 14,619,848 out of the 25,966,729 votes counted so far, followed by Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, who has secured 10,125,855, thus gaining 56.30 and 38.99 percent of the votes each.
  • Partial results from the presidential election are due to be released by the Interior Ministry in minutes.
  • Vote counting is underway in Iran, with preliminary results expected to trickle in throughout Saturday.
  • Unconfirmed reports say more than 42 million votes were cast in the presidential election, indicating a turnout of over 70 percent.
  • Polls close in Iran's presidential election.
  • The interior minister says claims about election irregularities have to be submitted to the Guardian Council, which will then review them within three days.
  • Informed sources say over 38 million voters had cast their ballots by 22:00 local time.
  • Rahmani Fazli says vote counting will start immediately after polls close at 24:00 p.m. local time.
  • The interior minister says voting will continue until 24:00 p.m. local time (1930 GMT).
  • Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli says voting will continue as long as people are present at polling stations.
  • Iran's Interior Ministry says voting hours for presidential election can be extended until 24:00 local time (1930 GMT)
  • Voting hours are extended up to 22:00 local time (1730 GMT), the Interior Ministry said.
  • Election office extends voting hours for Friday's vote up to 20:00 local time (1530 GMT).
  • An informed Interior Ministry official says some 20 million people have cast their ballots in the elections until 5 p.m. local time (1230 GMT). 
  • The interior minister says no security problem has been reported so far. 
  • Iranians are using electronic voting machines for the City and Village Councils elections at 9,740 polling stations.
  • Election office says no shortage of ballot papers.
  • Election officials call on voters not to postpone casting their votes.
  • Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi says elections proceeding under full security, no incident taken place.
  • Iran's Interior Ministry describes public participation in election stronger than 2013. 
  • Contenders - Hassan Rouhani, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, Mostafa Aqa Mirsalim and Mohammad Hashemi-Taba - cast their votes.
  • Officials cast their votes in early hours of voting.
  • Long lines formed at polling stations across Iran from early hours of Friday.
  • Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei among the first to cast his ballot.
  • Iran's Interior Ministry says around 56.5 million are eligible to vote of which 1.3 million are first timers.
  • Polling in Iran started at 08:00 a.m. local time.

Iran Minorities in Show of Solidarity 

  • Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians, others casting their votes across the country. 
  • Prominent Sunni cleric Molavi Abdul-Hamid cast his vote in Iran elections. 
  • Strong participation of minorities reported at polling stations across Iran. 



Expats Voting in Overseas Stations

  • High participation of voters reported in Melbourne, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Milan, elsewhere.  
  • Iranian athletes participating in 2017 lslamic Solidarity Games in Baku also cast their votes.
  • Polling stations open in Belarus.
  • Iranians are also voting in Algeria.
  • Voting will be held in four cities of Cyprus.
  • Polling stations also set up in China and Bangkok.
  • Polling stations have been set up in eight provinces of Iraq.
  • Iranians in Syrian capital Damascus are also casting their votes.
  • Iranians in 102 countries are casting their ballots
  • Iranians across Europe are casting their votes in the country’s presidential election.
  • Large number of voters reported in Austrian capital Vienna.  
  • Germany’s Frankfurt is a key polling center in Germany. Other centers set up in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Bonn.
  • Iranians in Italy are travelling to Rome in groups to cast their ballots.
  • Iranians are casting their votes in Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
  • Polling stations in India’s New Delhi and Pakistan’s Islamabad host Iranian voters.
  • Nationals are casting their ballots in South Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • Voters cast their ballots in New Zealand and Australia early Friday.
  • Voting in Iran’s 2017 presidential election started in early hours of Friday in East Asia.