Iranian Assembly of Experts election, 2016

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Iranian Assembly of Experts election, 2016
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Turnout 62%[1]

Party Leader % Seats ±
CCA Movahedi 75 66 -3
Seminary Teachers Yazdi 72.7 64 -5
People's Experts Rafsanjani 62.5 55 New
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Chairman before Chairman after
Mohammad Yazdi
Principlists
Ahmad Jannati
Principlists

Assembly of Experts election were held in Iran on 26 February 2016 to elect Assembly of Experts members. The 88 members[2] of the Assembly of Experts, known as mujtahids, are directly elected. The elections had been planned for 2014, but were delayed by a year in order to hold them alongside the Islamic Consultative Assembly elections.

The winning candidates of the elections, sitting until 2024, may have to choose the Next Supreme Leader of Iran, or at least plan for it.[3]

Registration and qualification process[edit]

Candidates Registered and Qualified in the Assembly of Experts election history[4][5][6]
Election date N. C. Registered +/− N. C. Qualified %
1982 168 Steady 146 86.90
1990 180 Increase 12 100 Decrease 55.55
1998 396 Increase 216 160 Decrease 40.40
2006 493 Increase 280 146 Decrease 29.61
2016 801 Increase 305 166 Decrease 20.72

For the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 801 aspirants registered to run in the elections. The number was a 62.47% increase compared to the previous election held in 2006.[5] Among the candidates there were 16 women, another unprecedented event. There have been no female members in the assembly since its establishment.[7]

On December 31, 2015 the Guardian Council announced that the four-hour Ijtihad test would be held January 5, 2016 in Qom in order to indicate candidates with proper knowledge, specifying that no alternative test date would be offered. The Council invited 527 candidates to take the test, excluding the 152 who reportedly withdrew and 111 who were denied permission (for a total of 790). Of the 16 women who registered, 10 received invitations.[8]

The Guardian Council disqualified Hassan Khomeini, grandson of founder of Iran's Islamic Republic a setback in the growing rivalry between reformists and conservatives.[9]

Nearly 80% of candidates who applied for the Assembly were disqualified by the Guardian Council, including every woman and Hassan Khomeini.[10]

Four incumbent members were disqualified:[11]

Other famous disqualified candidates include:[11]

Disqualifications left nine constituencies with only one candidate per seat; in other terms 20% of seats would be won in an uncontested election.[12] Later the Ministry of the Interior declared that with the Guardian Council's approval, some qualified candidates changed their electoral district to make the election competitive in the destination constituency.[13]

Statistics[edit]

Seats and Candidates qualified before electoral district change
Constituency N. Seats[2] N. C.
Registered[7][14][a]
N. C.
Qualified[12][15]
P.
Qualified
C/S
Tehran Province 16 176 36 20.45% 2.25
Razavi Khorasan Province 6 47[15] 12 25.53% 2
Khuzestan Province 6 24 7 29.16% 1.16
Isfahan Province 5 61 16 26.22% 3.2
Fars Province 5 29[15] 8 27.58% 1.6
East Azerbaijan Province 5 46[16] 6 13.04% 1.2
Gilan Province 4 30[16] 6 20% 1.5
Mazandaran Province 4 29[15] 8 27.58% 2
West Azerbaijan Province 3 34 3 8.82% 1
Kerman Province 3 21 5 23.81% 1.66
Ardabil Province 2 8[16] 2 25% 1
Alborz Province 2 24[15] 6 25% 3
Sistan & Baluchestan Province 2 23 3 13.04% 1.5
Qazvin Province 2 13[15] 3 23.13% 1.5
Kurdistan Province 2 23[16] 4 17.39% 2
Kermanshah Province 2 21[15] 4 19.04% 2
Golestan Province 2 16[15] 4 25% 2
Markazi Province 2 16[15] 5 31.25% 2.5
Hamedan Province 2 13[16] 3 23.07% 1.5
Luristan Province 2 19[16] 3 15.78% 1.5
Ilam Province 1 14[15] 2 14.28% 2
Bushehr Province 1 5[15] 1 20% 1
Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari Province 1 16 2 12.5% 2
South Khorasan Province 1 7 2 28.57% 2
North Khorasan Province 1 10 1 10% 1
Zanjan Province 1 18[16] 3 16.66% 3
Semnan Province 1 7[15] 1 14.28% 1
Qom Province 1 20[15] 4 20% 4
Kohgiluyeh & Boyerahmad Province 1 9 2 22.22% 2
Hormozgan Province 1 11[16] 1 9.09% 1
Yazd Province 1 11 3 27.27% 3
Total 88 801[7][14][15] 166[15] 20.72% 1.886
Number of candidates registered by academic degree out of 801[7]
University degree Candidates (%)
Ph.D.
103(12.85%)
Master's
95(11.86%)
Bachelor's
49(6.11%)
Associate
4(0.49%)
Diploma
88(10.98%)
No degree (Only seminary education)
462(57.67%)
Number of candidates registered by gender out of 801[7]
Gender Candidates (%)
Male
785(98%)
Female
16(2%)
Number of candidates invited to Ijtihad test out of 801[15]
Status Candidates (%)
Invited, Participated
387(48.31%)
Invited, Not Participated
150(18.72%)
Not Invited
264(32.95%)
Candidates by "Approbation Supervision" status of the Guardian Council out of 801[15]
Status Candidates (%)
"Qualified" (تائید)
166(20.72%)
"Disqualified" (رد)
207(25.84%)
"Unlawful" (غیرمجاز)
118(17.79%)
Withdrew (انصرافی)
158(19.72%)
Absent in test (غیبت آزمون)
150(18.72%)
Unknown
2(0.24%)

Campaigns and voting[edit]

Background[edit]

In the previous election, The Two Societies endorsed 81 candidates in a joint statement and were able to win 69 seats out of 86. The reformists did not reach a coalition and lost the election.[17]

Along with the Parliamentary elections, it was the first election since the implementation of a landmark nuclear agreement between 5+1 and Iran that saw it curb sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions against Iran. The deal was opposed by many hardliners but backed by moderates and reformists.[18]

Campaigning[edit]

Telegram played an important role in the election.[19]

In this election, contrary to the previous ones, The Two Societies did not reach a coalition and issued different lists. The main dispute between the two, was whether they should support Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani candidacy or not. Combatant Clergy Association supported Rafsanjani; the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom did not. There were three major electoral lists in the election:[20]

In a 17 February public speech, Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei warns of the subtle influence of foreign agents on the elections, stating that they are implementing new ploys in various ways to falsely polarize the election. He also condemned BBC Persian's programs on the elections and said that people will act differently from what they want.[22]

Hardliners attacked Ransanjani's list by calling it “The British list” (Persian: فهرست انگلیسی‎), implying that it is supported by the United Kingdom.[18]

Ahmad Khatami, the interim Friday prayer imam of Tehran spoke out in the Friday prayer: “British and foreign media outlets are asking our people not to vote for Jannati, Yazdi, Mesbah, Alamolhoda and I. This is none of your business; you nosy people should know that these five are the top choices of our people”.[23]

People waiting to cast their votes in Hosseiniyeh Ershad, Tehran

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dismissed the charges and said "Such interpretations regarding British list (of candidates) is an insult to Iranian people's wisdom", in a meeting with the reformist and moderate candidates. He also deplored that 500 knowledgeable theologians and seminarians as well as university instructors were disqualified for the elections.[24] “They [the hard-liners] presently have no excuse to rage against us and insult us. Thus, they [the hard-liners] attribute phrases like ‘inside man’ and ‘British’ to the old revolutionaries... These figures have been defeated by the people and are now seeking to exact [their] revenge on the administration and President Rouhani”, he added.[23]

Despite the restrictions, reformists became well-organised to seek gains.[25] The reformists who were barred from public presence as a result of 2009 protests, tried to keep the flame alive online. The instant messaging service Telegram played an important role in the campaigning period. More than 20 million Iranians are reported to be on the messaging app. Mohammad Khatami, who is facing restrictions on activities and Iranian media (including State Television and Radio) are banned from mentioning his name or publishing the images him, released a video message online urging people to vote for “The List of Hope”, creating a huge momentum —The coalition of reformists and moderates, endorsed Rafsanjani's “People's Experts”.[25][26] Khatami's message was viewed more than 3 million times on Telegram in one day. Another poster shared on the app was viewed by a million people in 12 hours.[26]

Two days before the election, President Hassan Rouhani took to text message almost every cell phone to drum up support in Friday's elections, tacitly endorsing the moderate list of hope.[19]

Results[edit]

Summary[edit]

Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi (left) and Mohammad Yazdi (right) lost their seats.

According to the Associated Press, moderate clerics defeated hardliners and dominated the assembly with Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Hassan Rouhani, alongside 50 of their allies, securing 59% of the seats.[27] The moderates previously held around 20 seats in the assembly.[28]

In Tehran Province, Rafsnajani's People's Experts list received a landslide victory, winning 15 of 16 seats,[29] and were successful in establishing its "tactical/disapproval voting strategy",[30] causing Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi and Mohammad Yazdi to lose their seats. Considering the latter was Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, the voters also changed the officeholder. However, Ahmad Jannati placed 16th and got reelected.[18]

Compared to the previous term, 38% of the assembly has changed. Among the outgoing members, nine were deceased (among them Ali Meshkini and Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani), 13 did not compete in the election (four incumbents were disqualified,[11] like Ali Mohammad Dastgheib Shirazi and 9 did not seek reelection, most notably Abbas Vaez Tabasi) and 10 were not elected.[31]

According to a report published by the Iranian Students' News Agency, 27 seats went to Principlists while Reformists won 20 seats. 35 candidates were endorsed by both. Independent clerics who were not listed managed to win 6 seats.[32]

Support (Seats) Percentage
Reformist/Principlist support (35)
39.77%
Principlists support only (27)
30.68%
Reformists support only (20)
22.72%
Independents (6)
6.81%
Distribution of seats by political camp support[32]

A statistical work on electoral lists by Khabaronline shows that The Two Societies have gained plurality. 27 seats were endorsed by all People's Experts, List of Hope, Combatant Clergy Association and Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom lists. Combatant Clergy Association and Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom won five and three exclusive seats respectively, while their joint lists won 24 seats. People's Experts won 19 exclusive seats.[29]

Lists winning exclusive seats (Source: Khabaronline)[29]
List Seats Won
Exclusive Shared Total
People's Experts/Hope 19 27
46 / 88 (52%)
Combatant Clergy Association 5 51
56 / 88 (64%)
Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom 3 51
54 / 88 (61%)

Another piece published by Khabaronline, indicates that Combatant Clergy Association leads the race winning 66 seats and Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom and People's Experts have won 64 and 55 seats respectively. People's Experts has 16 exclusive winning candidates, the number is 3 for Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom while Combatant Clergy Association has no exclusive seat. The Two Societies have 25 shared seats and 35 candidates are endorsed by all three lists. At last, only four members of the assembly would be independent.[33]

List (Seats won) Percentage
Combatant Clergy Association (66)
75%
Society of Seminary Teachers (64)
72.72%
People's Experts (55)
62.50%
Independents (4)
4.50%
Distribution of seats by electoral list[33]
List (Seats won) Percentage
CCA/SST/PE joint support (35)
39.77%
CCA/SST joint support (25)
28.4%
PE exclusive support (19)
18.18%
CCA/PE joint support (5)
5.68%
No list support (4)
4.50%
SST exclusive support (3)
3.4%
CCA exclusive support (0)
0%
Distribution of seats by electoral list support status[33]

Details[edit]

Tehran (16)[edit]

Seats won by each list
List Seats Won
People's Experts/Hope 15
Friends of Moderation 14
Combatant Clergy 11
Seminary Teachers 9
Total Seats 16
Tehran Province[b]
# Candidates (27)[35] Lists Votes[36] %
CCA[37] SST[38] PE[39] FoM[40]
1 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Yes Yes Yes 2,301,492 51.13
2 Mohammed Emami-Kashani Yes Yes Yes Yes 2,286,483 50.80
3 Hassan Rouhani Yes Yes Yes Yes 2,238,166 49.72
4 Mohsen Qomi Yes Yes Yes Yes 2,229,759 49.54
5 Mohammad-Ali Movahedi-Kermani Yes Yes Yes Yes 2,134,963 47.43
6 Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi Yes Yes Yes Yes 2,056,427 45.68
7 Abolfazl Mir-Mohammadi Yes Yes Yes Yes 1,962,944 43.61
8 Mohammad Reyshahri Yes Yes Yes Yes 1,952,563 43.38
9 Ebrahim Amini Yes Yes Yes Yes 1,904,524 42.31
10 Mahmoud Alavi Yes Yes 1,706,855 37.92
11 Nasrollah Shahabadi Yes 1,445,142 32.10
12 Mohammad-Ali Taskhiri Yes Yes Yes 1,442,224 32.04
13 Mohsen Esmaeili Yes Yes 1,422,935 31.61
14 Mohammad-Hassan Zali Yes Yes 1,354,756 30.09
15 Hashem Bathaie Golpayenagi Yes Yes 1,324,344 29.42
16 Ahmad Jannati Yes Yes 1,321,130 29.35
17? Mohammad Yazdi Yes Yes >1,208,643 ?
18? Mohammad Sajjadi Ata-Abadi Yes Yes >1,160,630 ?
19? Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi Yes Yes >985,692 ?
20? Baqer Baqeri-Kani Yes Yes >941,206 ?
21? Ali Momenpour Yes >934,356 ?
22? Gholamreza Mesbahi-Moghadam Yes Yes >923,248 ?
23? Alireza Arafi Yes Yes >884,914 ?
24? Abbas-Ali Akhtari >876,054 ?
25? Mohammad Reza Modarresi-Yazdi Yes Yes >830,077 ?
26? Mohammad-Ali Amin Yes ? ?
27? Hashem Hamidi Yes ? ?
Blank or Invalid Votes[1] 322,370 7.16
Total Votes[36] 4,500,894

Razavi Khorasan (6)[edit]

Seats won by each list
List Seats Won
The Two Societies 6
People's Experts/Hope 3
Total Seats 6
Razavi Khorasan Province
# Candidates (10)[41] Lists[42][43][44] Votes[29][45] %
CCA SST PE R
1 Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi Yes 1,499,109 53.91
2 Hassan Alemi Yes Yes Yes 1,285,990 46.24
3 Ahmad Alamolhoda Yes 1,235,565 44.43
4 Ahmad Hosseini-Khorasani Yes Yes Yes 1,180,249 42.44
5 Mojtaba Hosseini Yes 897,028 32.25
6 Mohammad Hadi Abdekhodayi Yes Yes Yes 873,143 31.40
7 Mohammad Saeidi-Golpayegani Yes 728,894 26.21
8 Ali Ghorbani Yes 681,131 24.49
9 Mahmoud Madani-Bajestani Yes Yes 675,809 24.30
10 Mohammad Mehdi Abbasi 132,586 4.76
Total Votes[46] 2,780,639

Khuzestan (6)[edit]

Seats won by each list
List Seats Won
Combatant Clergy 5
Seminary Teachers 5
People's Experts/Hope 3
Total Seats 6
Khuzestan Province
# Candidates (7)[41] Lists Votes %
CCA[47] SST[48] PE[43] R[44]
1 Mohammad Ali Mousavi Jazayeri Yes Yes Yes Yes 783,004 39.28
2 Abbas Kaebi Yes Yes 713,521 35.79
3 Mohsen Heidari Ale-Kathir Yes Yes 668,417 33.53
4 Ali Shafiei Yes Yes Yes Yes 606,294 30.41
5 Abdolkarim Farhani Yes Yes 551,502 27.66
6 Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi Yes Yes 448,825 22.51
7 Ali Fallahian Yes ?
Total Votes[49] 1,993,259

East Azerbaijan (5)[edit]

Seats won by each list
List Seats Won
The Two Societies 4
People's Experts/Hope 4
Total Seats 5
East Azerbaijan Province
# Candidates (6)[41] Lists[50][43][44] Votes[51] %
CCA SST PE R
1 Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari Yes 743,818 41.53
2 Ali Malakouti Yes Yes Yes 688,700 38.45
3 Mohammad Taghi Pourmohammadi Yes Yes Yes 570,445 31.85
4 Hashem Hashemzadeh Herisi Yes Yes 476,888 26.63
5 Mohammad Feyzi Yes Yes Yes 415,041 23.17
6 Javad Hajizadeh Yes 354,660 19.80
Blank or Invalid Votes[51] 207,650 11.59
Total Votes[51] 1,790,789

Isfahan (5)[edit]

Seats won by each list
List Seats Won
The Two Societies 5
People's Experts/Hope 2
Total Seats 5
Isfahan Province
# Candidates (14)[41] Lists[47][48][43][44] Votes[52] %
CCA SST PE R
1 Yousef Tabatabaei Yes Yes Yes 1,041,564 52.70
2 Abolhassan Mahdavi Yes 840,238 42.52
3 Morteza Moghtadaei Yes Yes Yes 825,371 41.76
4 Abdolnabi Namazi Yes 822,961 41.64
5 Mahmoud Abdollahi Yes 491,974 24.89
6 Mohammad Omumi 369,729 18.71
7 Abdolrasoul Ghassemi-Kajani Yes Yes 363,121 18.37
8 Hassan Shariati-Niasar Yes Yes 353,805 17.90
9 Mohammad Ali Faqihi 324,772 16.43
10 Hamid Elahidoust 287,360 14.54
11 Mohsen Faqihi 126,569 6.40
Asghar Matinpour Yes
Blank or Invalid Votes[53] 283,024 14.32
Total Votes[53] 1,976,061

Fars (5)[edit]

Seats won by each list
List Seats Won
The Two Societies 3
People's Experts/Hope 3
Total Seats 5
Fars Province
# Candidates (8)[41] Lists[47][48] Votes[54]
CCA SST PE R
1 Ali-Asghar Dastgheib Yes Yes Yes 1,537,081
2 Ahmad Beheshti Yes Yes Yes 1,023,064
3 Asadollah Imani Yes 955,206
4 Mohammad Faqih Yes Yes 560,614
5 Ali-Akabar Kalantari 555,939
6 Ali Sheikh-Movahed Yes Yes Yes 527,092
7 Gholamali Safaei-Boushehri Yes 525,597
8 Ali Edalat Yes Yes 443,412
Total Votes[54] 2,151,847

Provinces with 4 seats and less[edit]

# Candidates[41] Lists[47][48][43][44] Votes[29]
CCA SST PE R
Gilan Province (4)
1 Ali Hosseini-Eshkevari Yes Yes Yes 354,918
2 Zeinolabedin Ghorbani Yes Yes Yes Yes 331,283
3 Reza Ramezani Yes Yes Yes Yes 330,606
4 Ahmad Parvaei 305,073
5 Mehdi Rahnama 249,471
6 Sadegh Alamolhoda Yes Yes 194,679
7 Hossein Radayi 69,005
Total Votes[55] 1,173,241
Mazandaran Province (4)
1 Sadegh Larijani Yes 682,817
2 Nourollah Tabarsi Yes Yes Yes 612,673
3 Ali Moallemi Yes 556,750
4 Rahim Tavakkol Yes Yes 488,817
5 Akbar Seifi-Mazandarani Yes 345,058
6 Sadegh Pishnamazi Yes Yes 275,018
7 Hossein Goli-Shirdar Yes Yes 184,472
Total Votes[56] 1,618,263
West Azerbaijan Province (3)
1 Ali Akbar Ghoreishi Yes 822,027
2 Asgar Dirbaz Yes 397,407
3 Javad Mojtahed Shabestari 247,240
4 Mansour Mazaheri-Krouni Yes Yes 237,279
5 Abbas Rafati Yes 176,052
Total Votes[57] 1,511,652
Kerman Province (3)
1 Ahmad Khatami Yes 701,972
2 Mohammad Bahrami-Khoshkar Yes Yes Yes 672,608
3 Amanollah Alimoradi Yes Yes Yes 559,656
4 Jalil Sadr-Tabatabaei Yes Yes 486,107
5 Ahmad Shaykh Bahāʾī 224,059
Total Votes[58] 1,310,234
Ardabil Province (2)
1 Hassan Ameli Yes Yes Yes 382,854
2 Fakhraddin Mousavi Yes Yes 254,462
3 Sadegh Mohammadi-Jazeyi Yes ?
Total Votes[59] 612,320
Alborz Province (2)
1 Mohammad-Mehdi Mirbagheri Yes 348,431
2 Mohsen Kazeroun Yes Yes Yes 282,856
3 Sadegh Razzaghi Yes Yes 234,398
4 Mohammad-Ali Modarresi Mosalla Yes 183,777
5 Hossein Tajabadi 56,357
6 Ali Rahmanifard 55,170
Total Votes[60] 800,257
Sistan and Baluchestan Province (2)
1 Ali-Ahmadi Salami[c] Yes Yes Yes 732,289
2 Abbasali Soleimani Yes Yes Yes 417,867
3 Mohammad Hossein Bayati 201,088
Total Votes[61] 1,117,261
Qazvin Province (2)
1 Ali Eslami Yes 291,051
2 Majid Talkhabi Yes Yes 209,726
3 Mahmoud Rajabi Yes 170,612
Total Votes[62] 539,543
Kurdistan Province (2)
1 Faegh Rostami[c] Yes Yes 144,513
2 Anvar Adami[c] 136,359
3 Abdolrahman Khodaei[c] Yes Yes Yes 135,341
4 Mohammad Hosseini-Shahroudi Yes 133,877
5 Eghbal Bahmani[c] 124,749
Total Votes[63] 620,458
Kermanshah Province (2)
1 Amanollah Narimani Yes Yes 381,623
2 Mahmoud Mahmoudi-Araghi Yes Yes Yes 272,292
3 Alireza Mostashari 263,438
4 Hassan Mamdouhi Yes 250,382
Total Votes (Excluding blank or invalid votes)[64] 448,355
Golestan Province (2)
1 Kazem Nourmofidi Yes Yes Yes 486,286
2 Abdolhadi Mortazavi-Shahroudi Yes Yes Yes 365,881
3 Hosseinali Saʾdī 296,133
Total Votes[65] 1,148,300
Markazi Province (2)
1 Mohsen Araki Yes 242,146
2 Ahmad Mohseni Gorgani Yes Yes Yes 207,655
3 Kazem Sepasi-Ashtiani 182,231
4 Javad Mousavi Yes Yes 176,207
5 Ahmad Momen 32,960
Total Votes[66] 634,545
Hamedan Province (2)
1 Mostafa Mousavi Yes 441,321
2 Ghiassedin Mohammadi Yes Yes Yes 319,656
3 Ali Razini Yes Yes ≈215,000
4 Habibollah Shaʾbani ≈187,000
Total Votes[67] 845,253
Luristan Province (2)
1 Ahmad Moballeghi Yes Yes Yes 400,732
2 Hashem Niazi Yes 382,523
3 Mohammad-Naghi Shahrokhi Yes Yes 345,663
Total Votes[68] 884,144
Ilam Province (1)
1 Mohsen Saeidi Yes 136,919
2 Mehdi Khatibi 81,962
Total Votes[69] 323,811
Bushehr Province (1)
1 Hashem Boushehri Yes Yes Yes 374,147
2 Gholamreza Fayyazi 33,149
Blank or Invalid Votes[d] 60,659
Total Votes[70] 467,945
Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province (1)
1 Alireza Eslamian Yes 245,278
2 Reza Mokhtari-Esfidvajani Yes Yes 162,673
3 Mohammad Ali Khazayili 16,673
Total Votes[71] 424,747
South Khorasan Province (1)
1 Ebrahim Raeesi Yes 325,048
2 Ebrahim Rabbani Yes Yes 81,083
Total Votes[72] 406,131
North Khorasan Province (1)
1 Habibollah Mehmannavaz Yes 176,136
2 Ali Mohammadi-Khorasani Yes Yes 126,775
3 Hamid Havali-Shahriari 110,773
Total Votes[73] 448,355
Zanjan Province (1)
1 Mohammad Reza Doulabi Yes 193,558
2 Esmaeil Nouri-Zanjani Yes Yes Yes 175,498
3 Abdollah Amirkhani 76,932
Total Votes[74] 445,989
Semnan Province (1)
1 Mohammad Shahcheraghi Yes Yes 224,215
2 Abdolamir Khattat 48,424
Total Votes[75] 325,049
Qom Province (1)
1 Mohammad Momen Yes 333,149
2 Maysam Doust-Mohammadi[e] 43,625
Total Votes[77] 472,549
Kohgiluyeh and Boyerahmad Province (1)
1 Sharafeddin Malek-Hosseini Yes Yes Yes 327,864
2 Mohammad Kazem Mousavinasab 36,881
Total Votes[78] 400,617
Hormozgan Province (1)
1 Ruhollah Sadrossadati 420,699
2 Gholamali Naeimabadi Yes Yes Yes ?[f]
Total Votes[80] 763,152
Yazd Province (1)
1 Abolghassem Vafi Yes Yes Yes 328,206
2 Mohammad Reza Mohassel 101,325
Total Votes[81] 429,531

Turnout[edit]

Turnout was officially declared 62%. The official results was disputed by BBC Persian columnist.[1]

Source: Ministry of Interior
Constituency Registered Voters[82] Turnout[83]
East Azerbaijan Province 2,909,208 62%
West Azerbaijan Province 2,296,591 65.5%
Ardabil Province 998,499 61.5%
Isfahan Province 3,445,298 61%
Alborz Province 1,480,131 54%
Ilam Province 434,636 75%
Bushehr Province 691,406 76%
Tehran Province 8,475,077 50%
Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari Province 702,623 75%
South Khorasan Province 598,205 72%
North Khorasan Province 624,300 71%
Razavi Khorasan Province 4,420,718 68%
Khuzestan Province 3,477,959 70%
Zanjan Province 775,820 67%
Semnan Province 494,712 60%
Sistan & Baluchestan Province 1,685,760 66.14%
Fars Province 3,374,243 63.6%
Qazvin Province 887,164 61%
Qom Province 768,730 60%
Kurdistan Province 1,161,537 53.3%
Kerman Province 2,083,878 63%
Kermanshah Province 1,507,595 60%
Kohgiluyeh & Boyerahmad Province 518,811 80%
Golestan Province 1,288,536 81%
Gilan Province 1,861,370 65%
Luristan Province 1,409,036
Mazandaran Province 2,235,636 61%
Markazi Province 1,047,670 60.4%
Hormozgan Province 1,119,093 67%
Hamedan Province 1,505,279 58.1%
Yazd Province 665,504
Total 54,915,024 62%

Reactions[edit]

  • Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei said that “the people really shone brightly in the elections and participation of 62% of the qualified people in the election is a high percentage compared to many countries even the U.S.” The Leader said the next Assembly of Experts is duty bound to “remain revolutionary, think revolutionary and act revolutionary”. He also praised the “decent behavior” of the candidates who failed to win the votes and noted a failure by Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi and Mohammad Yazdi to win seats in the Assembly of Experts was a “damage” to the Assembly.[84]

Aftermath[edit]

Electing new chairman[edit]

On 24 May 2016, the Assembly held its new session to elect the chairman. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani did not put his name[85] and allegedly asked Ebrahim Amini to step forward for the office.[86] The results of the voting were as follows:[87]

Candidate Votes
Ahmad Jannati
51 / 88 (58%)
Ebrahim Amini
21 / 88 (24%)
Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
13 / 88 (15%)
Blank or Invalid votes
1 / 88
Absent voters
2 / 88

The appointment of Ahmad Jannati signaled that despite recent gains by moderates, hard-liners remain the dominant force within the assembly.[85]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Exact number of total candidates is 801. Provincial details may be inaccurate.
  2. ^ In the final results published by the Ministry of the Interior, only details for top 16 candidates are mentioned. Statistics for the rest of candidates (such as their rank and number of votes) have been extracted from Statement No. 83 of the ministry which is accurate at the time it was published (28 February 2016, 18:37 local time), and is not final.[34]
  3. ^ a b c d e Belongs to Iran's Sunni community.
  4. ^ According to local media, more than 90% (≈55,000) of invalid ballots were votes to Hassan Khomeini, who was disqualified from running in Tehran by the Guardian Council.[70]
  5. ^ Born in 1991 (1370 SH) was the youngest candidate qualified by the Guardian Council with 24 years old and was an unknown figure.[76]
  6. ^ According to "unofficial" results published by Tabnak, he has gained 271,231 votes.[79]

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