Interior ministry confirms Rohani has lead
Rohani leads in Iran presidential vote, Iranian source says
Iran: 70 percent turnout in election
Voting ends in Iran presidential election
Iranians began voting on Friday in a closely-fought presidential contest between pragmatist President Hassan Rohani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi that could determine the pace of social and economic reform and Iran's re-engagement with the world.
State television showed long queues outside polling stations in several cities and said 56 million Iranians out of the more than 80 million population were eligible to vote.
Polls close at 6 P.M. local time, although authorities often extend voting into the evening. Ballot counting will start at midnight and final results are expected within 24 hours of polls closing, the semi-official Fars news agency said. The elections are also for city and village councils.
Voting extended by two hours due to a 'rush of voters'
Iran extended voting by two hours on Friday because of a "rush of voters" in the presidential election, state television reported.
"Polling hours have been extended by two hours until 8 p.m. (1530 GMT)," state TV quoted the interior ministry as saying. Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0330 GMT) and had been due to close at 6 p.m. (1330 GMT).