Iranians headed to the polls Friday in a parliamentary election marking the first nationwide poll since the disputed 2009 vote triggered massive protests.
About 3,400 candidates are vying for 290 seats in the parliamentary election.
Iran faces an escalating international outcry and western sanctions over its nuclear program, prompting leaders to call for a higher voter turnout to establish legitimacy.
In Iran, elections are heralded by the revolutionary regime as a popular demonstration that it enjoys the overwhelming support of the population.
But the poll marks the first time Iranians are voting since allegations of rigging in the 2009 presidential elections triggered mass street demonstrations against the regime.FULL STORY