BY | June 14, 2013

Voting has begun in Iran for the Presidential elections 2013. People are reportedly queuing up outside polling booth and many people may be trying to an impact and bring to power a person who in their view can serve this Shiite nation, the best.

Iran presidential election 2013 must be the most talked about issue across the world. Presidential elections in Iran make disproportionate headlines across the world and I am not sure why. Elections in countries like Turkey, Egypt, and not to talk about the neighboring counties like Tajikistan, Kazakhstan attract the same level of attention from world media and other nations as is the case today.

Though the Iranian elections don’t really attract the sort of media attention as the Presidential elections, it must be among the top five most talked about elections in the world. It is notwithstanding the fact that these elections hold no value for most of the country as in a theocracy like Iran, there is not much that a president could do. Every decision is taken by Ayatullah, the top cleric of the state who is the real and actual power in the country.

During the latest round of the elections today in Iran, there are six contenders for the top post. Ballot stations opened at 8 a.m. (Iran local time) marking start of the crucial polling process, involving many of the estimated 50 million eligible voters. The 130,000 centers, located in the country’s various provinces, are tentatively scheduled to close at 6 p.m. However, the interior minister may extend the 10-hour balloting in case many Iranians remained awaiting their turn to cast the vote after the scheduled closure of the centers.

Though presidential elections in Iran are almost inconsequential, there is still a sort of enthusiasm among common people about it. The contenders for the number-one post are Saeed Jalili, the secretary general of the higher national security council, the former chief of the council, Hassan Rohani, Tehran mayor Muhammad Ghalibuff, former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Muhammad Gharazi and Mohsen Rezaei. Some 300,000 security personnel have been charged with ensuring law and order, particularly at the ballot stations. These elections are of paramount significance, with a pile of issues that needs to be tackled at the local and external levels.

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