Iran to announce poll results Sat.
Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Solat Mortazavi has said that the final results for the runoff parliamentary election will be announced on Saturday night, within 24 hours from the closure of polling stations, Press TV reports.
Voting ended at 9 p.m. local time on Friday, after being extended by three hours.
Vote counting is underway at the 14,324 polling stations across the country and the results will be delivered to the Election Headquarters tonight, Mortazavi said late on Friday.
Mortazavi, who is also the head of Iran's Election Headquarters, described the voter turnout in the runoff election as magnificent, adding that the exact number will be announced in the future.
The runoff election was held in 33 constituencies across the country with 130 candidates from different political factions competing for the remaining 65 seats of the 290-member legislature.
About 60,000 Guardian Council supervisors and about 10,000 candidates’ representatives supervised the election.
The first round of the election was held on March 2, with around 67 percent of the over 48 million eligible voters casting ballots.
A total of 225 candidates succeeded in securing the required 25-percent plurality of votes to win seats in the ninth Majlis (parliament) in the first round.
Principlist candidates won over 180 seats in the first round, giving them a majority in the new parliament.