Iranian legislative election, 1975

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Parliamentary elections were held in Iran on 20 June 1975. All 268 seats were won by the new monarchist party, the Rastakhiz Party.[1] Voter turnout was 48.6%.[2]


Around 750 candidates contested the elections, of which 80% were standing for the first time.[3] All candidates had to adhere to three basic principles: "faith in Iran's constitution, loyalty to the monarchical regime, and fidelity to the 'white revolution'." Mainly the rules were to follow a set of non-exploitation laws.

However, the Rastakhiz Party, like others before it, lacked a popular base.[4] Even though the candidates adhered to the philosophy of the rule by the monarchy, there were sometimes three or four candidates for the same seats as the party slated several candidates for the seats.[5] However, Communists were banned from running for office.[6]



Party Votes % Seats +/-
Rastakhiz Party 100 268 New
Invalid/blank votes
Total 268 0
Source: IPU


Party Votes % Seats +/-
Rastakhiz Party 100 30 New
Appointed seats 30 0
Invalid/blank votes
Total 60 0
Source: IPU


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p74 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p69 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  3. ^ 1975 IPU
  4. ^ Iran - Political parties Nations Encyclopedia
  5. ^ Janda, Kenneth (1980). Political Political Parties: A Cross-National Survey. The Free Press. pp. 861–862. ISBN 978-0-02-916120-3
  6. ^ Abrahamian, Ervand (1989). Radical Islam: the Iranian Mojahedin. I.B.Tauris. p.25. ISBN 978-1-85043-077-3

Further reading[edit]

  • Parliamentary Politics in Revolutionary Iran: The Institutionalization of Factional Politics (Hardcover) (Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1996.) ISBN 978-0-8130-1461-6