Saturday, June 18, 2005

Xinhua - English

Xinhua - English: "Voting time extended third time for Iran's presidential election 2005-06-17 04:20:37
TEHRAN, June 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Iran extended for the third time thepolling time for its presidential election, state television reported Friday.

The end of the voting had been extended from the original 7:00 p.m. (1430 GMT), to 9:00 p.m. (1630 GMT) and to 10:00 p.m. (1730 GMT) because of the massive participation of the people.

The latest extension set the closing time at 11:00 p.m. (1830 GMT).

Some 46.7 million eligible voters, or all Iranians aged 15 and above, are expected to cast their ballots in some 42,000 stations in schools, mosques and prayer halls across the country to choose asuccessor to outgoing President Mohammad Khatami, who is barred from seeking a third consecutive term."