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Helicopter carrying ballot papers crashes in Iran

Kathmandu : A helicopter carrying ballot boxes for Iran’s presidential election has crashed. The helicopter carrying ballot papers crashed in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan on Saturday.

One of them has died. It was not immediately clear how the helicopter crashed or how many ballot papers were in it. Voting was held here on Friday. Polling stations were from 7 am for voting.

A candidate selection committee chaired by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei barred many people close to reformist and former President Hassan Rouhani from running in the election.

Supreme Leader Khamenei cast his ballot in the capital, Tehran, and urged ordinary people to take part.

Iran, which has a population of about 80 million, has 59 million voters this time around. Various media outlets have reported that this was the lowest turnout since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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