The counting of votes in Iran's disputed parliamentary elections is underway and early results are expected tomorrow.

The expected result will see religious hardliners reassume control of the National Assembly.

The country's largest reformist party boycotted the election after most of its prominent members were barred from being candidates.

Early indications suggest a reduced national turnout of between 47 and 52%. There was a 67% turnout in the last such election in 2000.

The United States has said that because of the bans on certain candidates, the elections were unfair.