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TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran expects a record number of voters to cast their ballots in this week’s presidential election, the head of the country’s election committee has said.

“Definitely, the election… will witness a record-breaking turnout,” Kamran Daneshjoo told reporters on Monday ahead of Friday’s vote.

Daneshjoo said the interior ministry, which is in charge of organising the election, is putting in place a strategy to ensure “maximum participation” from the 46.2 million eligible voters.

Four candidates are in the race for the presidency, including incumbent hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is seeking a second four-year term.

He faces stiff a challenge from ex-premier Mir Hossein Mousavi who has emerged as his main rival.

The two other candidates are reformist former parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi and ex-head of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mohsen Rezai.