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Iran to deploy 20k special police forces on Election Day

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Hassan Karami (R), the commander of the Special Units of the Iranian Police Force

Twenty thousand Iranian special police forces will be providing security on the day of the presidential election in Iran, a police commander has announced.

Hassan Karami, the commander of the Special Units of the Iranian Police Force, said on Monday that efforts had long been underway to ensure that the May 19 polls would be held in an “atmosphere of security and order.”

To that end, 20,000 special police forces would be deployed across the country within the framework of the Zafar Operational Base on Election Day, according to Karami.

He said the Base’s capacity in terms of personnel and matériel had been expanded threefold as part of the efforts to provide security on Election Day.

Iran will be holding its 12th presidential election on May 19. Elections for the 5th City and Village Councils will also be held on the same day.

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