In a Poll marked by a low turn-out Iranians voted on Friday (9 May) in the second and decisive stage of their Parliamentary elections.
SV: Voters at Teheran polling station (4 shots)
SV: Ayatollah Khomeini casting his vote, others kissing his hand. (2 shots)
SV: iranian President Bani-Sadr taking forms from officials and then casting his vote. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: People looking at board with photographs and names of candidates and then marked voting forms. (3 shots)
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Background: In a Poll marked by a low turn-out Iranians voted on Friday (9 May) in the second and decisive stage of their Parliamentary elections. There was no immediate sign of a reversal of the first round trend which indicated that the clergy-led Islamic Republican Party - the IRP - would dominate the assembly.
SYNOPSIS: Friday's poll was the third major election in Iran in less than four months. Inn the firs Parliamentary poll in March the IRP won the most of the 98 seats. The second stage had been delayed by five weeks by allegations of vote-rigging during the first round. The Parliament seats at stake were the 24 in which no one gained an outright majority in the first election.
Ayatollah Khomeini voted in a mobile polling station brought to his home in North Teheran. The Ayatollah has decreed that the fate of the American hostages will rest on the decision of the new Parliament.
For Iranian President Abul Hassan Bani-Sadr, this election is an important one. Two days ago, he won permission from the Ayatollah Khomeini to appoint a Prime Minister, subject to the revolutionary leaders' approval, before the Parliament meets next month. But he and his supporters must win heavily in this election if they are to retain influence.
The IRP has so far blocked his attempts to solve the hostage crisis diplomatically. The Parliament is due to meet within a month, but it is unlikely to discuss the hostage issue for about six weeks.