Iran presidential election 2024: Pezeshkian, Jalili cast their votes, what next after voting?

Iranians began voting on Friday in the ongoing election to replace late President Ebrahim Raisi. The contest is between a reformist and a hardline former negotiator in choosing a possible successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Voters have to choose between hardline former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and heart surgeon and longtime member of parliament Masoud Pezeshkian. Pezeshkian, Jalili also cast their votes.

Attorney General warns against sharing early results

Iran’s Attorney General Mohammad Movahedi-Azad said in a brief statement late Thursday that political figures and media outlets should refrain from baseless and undocumented premature announcements on the results. He said that before the results are announced by the Interior Ministry and confirmed by the Guardian Council, any media move that would disturb public opinion and suggest an early victory for a candidate would be legally prosecuted.

What will happen after the elections?

Iran will appoint a president. But this is unlikely to change the country’s policies as all important state affairs are handled by the supreme leader. However, the president can steer the country’s policies towards confrontation or dialogue with the West and decide the direction of domestic and foreign policy. Khamenei cast the first vote of the election from his residence, with television cameras and photographers showing him putting a ballot in the ballot box. Khamenei said, “I have heard that the enthusiasm of the people is higher than ever. By the will of God, people vote and choose the best candidate.” More than 61 million Iranians over the age of 18 are eligible to vote, of which about 18 million are between 18 and 30 years old. The elections are scheduled to end at 6 pm (local time), but are traditionally extended until midnight to boost participation. As has been the case since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, women and those calling for radical change are barred from voting, while the vote will be unmonitored by internationally recognised monitors.

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