Polls open in Iran to elect new president

Polls are open in Iran to vote for the new president. There are concerns of a low turnout with the conservative head of the judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, widely seen as the favourite candidate.

The conservative head of the judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, is seen as the frontrunner in Iran's presidential elections which take place today.

Polls have opened amid concerns of a low turnout. Nearly 60 million voters in Iran will decide the fate of four candidates running to replace President Hassan Rouhani. The Guardian Council, a 12-member constitutional vetting body, under Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei barred hundreds of candidates, including reformists and those aligned with Rouhani.

Polls opened at 7am local time (2:30 GMT) and will close at midnight (19:30 GMT) but can be extended for two hours. The results are expected about midday on Saturday.