Iranian presidential election, 1980

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Iranian presidential election, 1980
25 January 1980 → 1981 (Jul)

  Bani Sadr 1958.jpg Ahmad Madani.jpg Hassan Habibi.jpg
Nominee Abolhassan Banisadr Ahmad Madani Hassan Habibi
Party Independent National Front IRP
Popular vote 10,709,330 2,224,554 674,859
Percentage 76.5% 15.9% 4.8%

President before election


Elected President

Abulhassan Banisadr

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The First Iranian presidential election was held on 25 January 1980. It was held one year after the Iranian Revolution when the Council of Islamic Revolution was in power. The number of the eligible voters in the country was 20,993,643.[1] However, the number of the actual voter was 14,152,887, leading to the voter turnout of 67.4%.[1][2]


The number of the candidates registered to run for the presidency was 124, but only 96 of them were allowed to run.[1]

Election results[edit]

Abolhassan Banisadr was elected as president with 75.6% of votes and became the first president of Iran.[3]

The inauguration of Banisadr was held on 4 February in Tehran.

Iranian presidential election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Independent Abdulhassan Banisadr 10,709,330 76.5%
National Front Ahmad Madani 2,224,554 15.9%
Islamic Republican Party Hassan Habibi 674,859 4.8%
Nation Party Dariush Forouhar 133,478 0.9%
Independent Sadeq Tabatabaei 114,776 0.8%
Freedom Movement Kazem Sami 89,270 0.6%
Pan-Iranist Party Sadegh Ghotbzadeh 48,547 0.3%
Valid votes 38,755,802 98.95%
Blank or invalid votes 151,806
Totals 14,146,620 100.00%
Voter turnout 73%
Sources: Ministry of Interior of Iran


  1. ^ a b c "1980 Presidential Election". Princeton University. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Buchta, Wilfried (2000). Who rules Iran?. The Washington Institute and The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. p. 19. 
  3. ^ "Bani Sadr: US should admit Iran crimes". The Lewiston Daily Sun. 29 January 1980. Retrieved 14 February 2013.