February 26, 2016 / 2:32 PM / in 2 years

Iran extends voting due to 'rush of voters': state TV

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran extended voting by two hours in elections on Friday because of a “rush of voters” in the contests for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, state television reported.

Iranians fill in their ballots during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, which has the power to appoint and dismiss the supreme leader, in Tehran February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

“Polling hours have been extended by two hours until 8 p.m.”, (1630 GMT) state TV quoted the interior ministry as saying. Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0430 GMT) and had been due to close at 6 p.m. (1430 GMT).

Writing by Parisa Hafezi, Editing by William Maclean

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