Iran ends vote counting in crucial twin elections

The Iranian interior minister has announced the end of vote counting in the 10th parliamentary and 5th Assembly of Experts elections with an overall turnout of 62 percent nationwide.

“The turnout in Tehran was around 50 percent and some 62 percent across the country which is a good turnout under the current circumstances,” Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli told reporters on Monday.


Iranian girls voting


He added that the two elections were held in a calm atmosphere with regulations in all electoral processes fully observed.

The Iranian minister noted that the Guardian Council will soon start work to confirm the election results.

Rahmani Fazli said the run-off parliamentary elections will be held for some constituencies likely in the late Iranian calendar month of Farvardin (March-April) with the coordination of the Guardian Council.


Iranian old woman voting


Based on the final count, all the 30 parliamentary seats related to Tehran constituency have been won by reformist and pro-government figures with former vice president Mohammad Reza Aref leading the capital city’s parliamentary list followed by Ali Motahhari, Soheila Jelodarzadeh, Alireza Mahjoub and Elias Hazrati, all reformist figures.

The Principlists camp has made major gains in other parts the country.

Meanwhile, with 4,500,894 votes counted, the final results of the Assembly of Experts elections in Tehran Province released by the Interior Ministry show that Chairman of the Expediency Council and former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and Mohammad Aqa Emami are leading the votes.

President Hassan Rouhani; current member of the Assembly of Experts, Mohsen Qomi; and Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers leader Mohammad Ali Movahhedi; and former attorney-general and former intelligence minister, Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi; stand in the third to sixth places.

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, and secretary of the Guardian Council Ahmad Jannati respectively stand 10th and 16th.

At least 33 million out of the 55 million eligible voters took part in Iran’s 5th Assembly of Experts and 10th parliamentary elections on Friday.

As many as 4,844 candidates, including about 500 women, were competing for a place in the 290-seat parliament. A total of 159 candidates ran for the 88-member Assembly of Experts. Members of the Assembly serve eight-year terms while MPs are elected every four years.