Election results in Iran are in, and indications indicate a poor voter turnout

Iran’s election authorities are tallying votes from Friday’s parliamentary election, with unofficial sources indicating the lowest turnout since the Islamic revolution of 1979. The election was the first since Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, died while in the custody of the police in 2022, which set off massive protests. A lot of reformists are abstaining from the election because of the general suffering. Conservatives have taken 30 seats in Tehran, according to preliminary statistics. On Friday, there were two different elections: one for the Assembly of Experts and another for parliamentarians. The supreme leader of Iran, the most powerful person and commander in chief, is chosen and managed by the assembly.

 

International sanctions, an economic downturn, and violent upheaval have all severely impacted Iran. The voting population in Iran numbered over 61.2 million. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, encouraged people to vote, but opinions among Iranians were divided on the matter. Election turnout for the 2020 parliament was 42.57%, officially the lowest since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

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. Iran’s ballot takes a while to count because the votes are totaled manually. A portion of the outcomes have been made public. IRNA, Iran’s official news agency, reports that the majority of the Assembly of Experts for the country’s largest cities has been decided. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is 84 years old, will be chosen by this assembly of 88 Islamic clerics to be the next supreme leader when the time comes. The assembly will be in session for eight years.

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