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Iranians are going to the polls on Friday to vote in two crucial elections after a week of campaigning.
According to Press TV, voting for the 290-seat Parliament (Majlis) and the 88-member Assembly of Experts will be held simultaneously. Some 55 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the two elections.
As many as 6,300 candidates, including 586 women, are competing for a place in the Parliament, while 161 others are running for the Assembly of Experts.
The week-long campaigns of the candidates officially ended at 8 a.m. local time (0430 GMT) on Thursday, 24 hours before the beginning of the votes.
A large number of Iranian religious and political figures have called for a high turnout in the polls.
Ahead of the voting, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned against enemy plots to infiltrate the elections, calling on the nation to remain vigilant.
“The nation neither wants a pro-government parliament nor an anti-government one,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“They want a courageous and devout parliament that knows its duties and is not intimidated by the United States,” the Leader added.