Iran elections: the count is underway, with reports indicating a low turnout

Iran has begun tallying votes for elections to the parliament and important clerical bodies, as unofficial estimates indicate that Friday’s vote had the lowest turnout since the Islamic revolution of 1979. The elections were the first since Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, died in police detention in September 2022, sparking widespread demonstrations. She was detained on suspicion of disobeying Iran’s severe clothing code for women. The voting population in Iran numbered over 61.2 million.On Friday, there were two different elections: one to choose the next parliamentarians and another to choose the Assembly of Experts.

 

The supreme leader, Iran’s most powerful person and commander in chief, is chosen and managed by the parliament and has the authority to decide on matters like social liberties and economic conditions. A very basic introduction to the protests in Iran. Iran: the “spread fear” factor contributed to an increase in executions. naming those who perished in the protests in Iran. International sanctions, an economic downturn, pervasive suffering, and violent upheaval have all severely impacted Iran. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, encouraged people to vote, but opinions among Iranians were divided on the matter.

 

Early polls on Friday indicated that voter turnout in the election may be at a historic low, with the capital, Tehran, likely seeing exceptionally low turnout. For the parliamentary elections, a state-affiliated polling agency predicted a turnout of 41%, which, if true, will be the lowest in the previous 12 elections of this kind.

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