TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Voting ended Friday evening in Iran's controversial general election, with the outcome generally expected to be a victory for conservatives.
Reformists were not optimistic about the outcome as some 2,500 pro-reform candidates were disqualified, the BBC reported Friday.
The United States has criticized the elections as neither free nor fair.
Some of the reformists' supporters openly called on people to boycott the election, saying their mere participation was a vote of support for the Islamic system.
Iran's conservative supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged voters to go to the polls, saying Iran's "enemies" wanted a boycott.
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of the Guardians Council, said those calling for a boycott were "traitors to Islam and their country".
He told worshippers in a Friday prayer sermon that each ballot cast would be akin to "firing a bullet into the heart of [George] Bush".
The final results are not expected to be announced for up to a week.