Elections in Iran

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Iran elects on national level a head of state and the head of government (the president), a legislature (the Majlis), and an "Assembly of Experts" (which elects the Supreme Leader). City and Village Council elections are also held every four years throughout the entire country. The president is elected for a four-year term by the citizens. The Parliament or Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis-e Shura-ye Eslami) currently has 290 members, also elected for a four-year term in multi- and single-seat constituencies. Elections for the Assembly of Experts are held every eight years. All candidates have to be approved by the Guardian Council. See Politics of Iran for more details.

Until January 2007, when it was raised to 18, the voting age was 15 years, the lowest globally at the time.[1]

The most recent presidential and local elections were held on 19 May 2017 simultaneously. The most recent parliamentary election and the most recent Assembly of Experts elections were held on 26 February 2016.

The nature of the elections in Iran have been a contentious issue. Since the inception of the Islamic Republic in 1979, many Western governments, human rights groups, independent observers and dissident organizations have described the post-Imperial elections as sham elections since its political system is considered regularly labelled as anti-Western, undemocratic, authoritarian and totalitarian governed by the Supreme Leader.[2][3]

Elections since 1979[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Majlis elections[edit]

Latest elections[edit]

2021 Presidential election[edit]

Ebrahim RaisiCombatant Clergy Association17,926,34572.38
Mohsen RezaeeResistance Front of Islamic Iran3,412,71213.78
Abdolnaser HemmatiExecutives of Construction Party2,427,2019.80
Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh HashemiIslamic Law Party999,7184.04
Valid votes24,765,97685.60
Invalid/blank votes4,167,02814.40
Total votes28,933,004100.00
Registered voters/turnout59,310,30748.78
Source: Iran International

2021 Local election[edit]

2016 Assembly of Experts election[edit]

2020 Parliamentary election[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ O'Toole, Pam (12 March 2008). "Iran's first-time voters split". BBC News. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Iran: Regime officials fear widespread boycott of sham election". 8 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Iran's parliamentary elections are a sham, officials admit | People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)".

External links[edit]

Election Data Archives