June 14th, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Iranians go to the polls in 'epic' election

Television cameras zoomed in on his hand Friday as Iran's supreme leader filled out the first ballot in the national election to replace outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slipped the folded paper into the ballot box and turned to the cameras. His vote officially opened the ballots as he called on the 50 million Iranians eligible to vote to pick one of six candidates in the "epic" election.

"My expectation of our endeared people is for everyone to take part, and I would recommend that they go to ballot boxes as soon as possible and not to delay," he said.

Iranians appeared to heed their leader's call, with voters flocking to the country's 60,000 voting stations. The six candidates also have cast their votes, according to Iran's state-run IRNA news agency.


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  1. Sarah

    Yah! Thank you CNN, for the updates and a chance to voice an opinion.
    I feel that the Iranian Presidencey is a sham. Just a figure head. The old men like the one in the picture are really in charge.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Let the Iranians decide their destiny without outside interference.
    We interfered once removing their democratic govt and installing the Shah and that led to the worst dictatorial rule in history culminating in the Iranian revolution.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I wonder if there will be a rash of arrests of journalists after this election like there was when Ahmadinejad was elected?

    June 14, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    Meaningless. The people aren't allowed to vote for revolutionary council members. That's where the real power is.

    June 14, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. vikingwoman

    It's just for show! Ahmadinejad will "win" again, of course!!

    June 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I am dubious that Iranian voters have the wisdom to choose a president who will lead them beneficially, and more dubious that the new president will cooperate positively with the USA. The most aware and cultured persons whom I know from that country refuse to call it "Iran" and remember the Shah favourably.

    June 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wields more power, anyway. It really isn't much of an office.

      June 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Clamshell

    I just read on a diff thread that if we go in there and aid the re bels in syr ia it would cost us nearly fifty million dollars a day. Please president Obama, keep the money here. We could use it here on Americans and not on people in the Middle East who would love nothing more than to see Americans die

    June 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Off his meds again, I see.

    June 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @rupert. Pipe down . Lol

    June 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    The crazy train derailed.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Well, thank goodness "Fantasy Island" was deleted.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chucky

    Wanna play?

    June 15, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chucky

    Made the circle

    June 15, 2013 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. wut

    Posting in an "epic" thread. Priceless. I may swoon. Catch me. ...*thud*

    June 15, 2013 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Early indications are that the reformist backed moderate candidate Rouhani is leading with a wide margin.
    Majority of Iranians want to be left alone to manage their country as per their aspirations. Only those who amassed wealth at the time of Shah and then defected to the west remember Shah fondly.

    June 15, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
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