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14:24 | 2013-06-12


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Envoy: Necessary Arrangements Made in Syria for Participation of Iranians in Election

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Damascus Mohammad Rao'uf Sheibani announced that Tehran has provided the necessary grounds for the participation of the Iranian expatriates in Syria in the June 14 presidential election.

"The Iranian embassy has made the necessary arrangements for the participation of Iranians residing in Syria in the 11th round of presidential election and their voting," Rao'uf Sheibani told reporters in Damascus on Wednesday.

"A polling station will be set up at the venue Islamic Republic of Iran's embassy and two mobile ballot boxes will receive our compatriots' votes in the shrines of Hazrat Zeinab (PBUH) and Hazrat Roqayyeh (PBUH) (the sister and daughter of Shiites' third Imam) in Damascus," he added.

Rao'uf Sheibani said that a polling station will also be set up in Ladaqiya port city to collect the votes of the Iranian nationals.

The 11th round of the presidential election and the 4th round of Islamic City and Village Councils election will be held in Iran on June 14.

Iranian voters will go to over 66,000 polling stations inside and outside the country on June 14 to elect their next president.

Campaigning for the June 14 presidential election kicked off in Iran on May 22 after the Guardian Council released the list of 8 qualified candidates, although 6 have remained now.

The qualified candidates represent a wide range of political streams from Principlists to reformers.

There are now 6 candidates left in the race after two of them quitted. They include Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, former SNSC Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani, former Oil and Telecommunication minister Seyed Mohammad Qarazi, former Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee.

Campaigning will continue up to June 13, that is 24 hours before the start of the election.