Polling stations in Iran’s presidential election closed early Saturday after around nineteen hours of voting, the official IRNA state news agency reported.
“The election officially ended at 2:00 am (2130 GMT Friday),” election committee spokesman Esmail Mousavi was quoted as saying, after a two-hour extension.
Amid rising anger and apathy over a presidential vote tipped in favor of Ebrahim Raisi, the hard-line judiciary chief cultivated by Iran’s supreme leader, the election atmosphere was distinctly subdued.
In past elections, long lines snaked out of polling stations. Cars and minibuses zigzagged through the capital’s chaotic streets blaring campaign slogans. Banners too big to miss championed the various candidates and blanketed buildings.