Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar says nationwide reports indicate a high voter turnout in the early hours of the country’s 9th Majlis (parliamentary) elections.

Mohammad-Najjar said Friday that reports from across the country show that people appeared at polling stations in the early hours of the morning to cast their ballots.

He said long lines of voters were formed outside polling stations even before the voting began.

Polling stations opened for the 9th Majlis elections in Iran at 08:00 a.m. local time (0430 GMT) on Friday, and will continue until 06:00 p.m. (14:30 GMT).

Over 48 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the Majlis elections. More than 3,450 candidates are competing for the 290 seats in the Iranian parliament. The lawmakers are elected for a term of four years.

Head of Iran Election Headquarters Sowlat Mortazavi said Friday that the results of the elections will be announced up to 48 hours after the polls close in smaller polling stations, but it could take 72 hours to publicize the outcomes in bigger stations, including Tehran.

He added that according to law, the legislative elections will last 10 hours, but the interior minister may extend it if necessary.

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