Iranian local elections, 2013

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Iranian local elections, 2013
Iran
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Alliance Principlists Reformists
Swing Decrease 10≈31 pp Increase 0≈10 pp
Provincial capitals[1]
240 / 479 (50%)
88 / 479 (18%)

The Iranian local elections took place on 14 June 2013 to elected members of the fourth council of the City and Village Councils of Iran.[2] This election was held by a general election with the presidential election. The original date of the election was in June 2010 but Parliament of Iran voted to increase age of the councils from 4 to 7 years. The councils began their work one month after the election to elect the new mayors.[3] Officials said special inspectors have been charged with monitoring more than 67,000 polling stations nationwide. Over 200,000 candidates have been qualified to run for both city and rural council seats. More than 126,000 seats are up for grab in the elections.[4]

Background[edit]

The city and village councils are local establishments that are elected by public vote in all cities and villages across the country. Council members in each city or village are elected for a four-year term. The councils are tasked with helping the Islamic Republic’s social, economic, cultural and educational advancement by encouraging public participation in social affairs. The city councils also elects city mayors.

Registrations[edit]

The registration of candidates was toke place from 15 to 20 April 2013. The Guardian Council was announced the final candidates on 16 May 2013. The candidates that failed to enter to the election had a four days timeout for protest.[5][6]

Members[edit]

The councils have 124,700 original members; with the allowance members, it reaches to 207,587 members.[7] This is different from the previous election.[8]

Population Num. of members
20,000 or less 5 (original) +2 (allowance)
20, 000 to 50,000 7 + 3
50,000 to 100,000 9 + 4
100,000 to 200,000 11 + 5
200,000 to 500,000 13 + 6
50,000 to 1,000,000 15 + 7
1,000,000 to 2,000,000 21 + 8
2,000,000 or more 25 + 10
Tehran 31 + 12

Election summary[edit]

Ministry of Interior have announced that election will be held by electoral vote in fourteen provinces.[9] The candidates can began their publicity from 6 June and it will be end 24 hours before the election.[10] According to Interior Minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar a number of 352,165 persons have enrollment.[11]

Results[edit]

Provincial capitals[edit]

Khabar Online published the results of the election in 9 major cities, according to electoral lists. Those who did not count as Principlist or Reformist, were Independents:[12]

City Principlists Reformists Independents
Tehran
18 / 31 (58%)
13 / 31 (42%)
0 / 31 (0%)
Mashhad
24 / 25 (96%)
0 / 25 (0%)
1 / 25 (4%)
Isfahan
10 / 21 (48%)
3 / 21 (14%)
8 / 21 (38%)
Shiraz
13 / 21 (62%)
0 / 21 (0%)
8 / 21 (38%)
Karaj
6 / 21 (29%)
0 / 21 (0%)
15 / 21 (71%)
Qom
20 / 21 (95%)
0 / 21 (0%)
1 / 21 (5%)
Tabriz
9 / 21 (43%)
2 / 21 (10%)
10 / 21 (48%)
Arak
10 / 15 (67%)
0 / 15 (0%)
5 / 15 (33%)
Bushehr
3 / 11 (27%)
1 / 11 (9%)
7 / 11 (64%)
Total
113 / 187 (60%)
19 / 187 (10%)
55 / 187 (29%)

Fars News Agency also published a detailed report for province capitals, with the results as following:[1]

Province capital seats won by political factions according to Fars News Agency report.[1]

  Principlists (50.1%)
  Reformists (18.37%)
  Independents (31.52%)
City Principlists Reformists Independents
Tehran
16 / 31 (52%)
13 / 31 (42%)
2 / 31 (6%)
Mashhad
24 / 25 (96%)
0 / 25 (0%)
1 / 25 (4%)
Tabriz
7 / 21 (33%)
2 / 21 (10%)
12 / 21 (57%)
Isfahan
15 / 21 (71%)
3 / 21 (14%)
3 / 21 (14%)
Ahwaz
11 / 21 (52%)
3 / 21 (14%)
7 / 21 (33%)
Qom
20 / 21 (95%)
0 / 21 (0%)
1 / 21 (5%)
Shiraz
16 / 21 (76%)
2 / 21 (10%)
6 / 21 (29%)
Karaj
3 / 21 (14%)
0 / 21 (0%)
18 / 21 (86%)
Rasht
3 / 15 (20%)
8 / 15 (53%)
4 / 15 (27%)
Urmia
9 / 15 (60%)
0 / 15 (0%)
6 / 15 (40%)
Kermanshah
7 / 15 (47%)
4 / 15 (27%)
4 / 15 (27%)
Arak
13 / 15 (87%)
0 / 15 (0%)
2 / 15 (13%)
Hamedan
10 / 15 (67%)
0 / 15 (0%)
5 / 15 (33%)
Kerman
9 / 15 (60%)
3 / 15 (20%)
3 / 15 (20%)
Gorgan
6 / 13 (46%)
7 / 13 (54%)
0 / 13 (0%)
Zanjan
6 / 13 (46%)
2 / 13 (15%)
5 / 13 (38%)
Yazd
2 / 13 (15%)
8 / 13 (62%)
3 / 13 (23%)
Sari
7 / 13 (54%)
3 / 13 (23%)
3 / 13 (23%)
Khorramabad
5 / 13 (38%)
0 / 13 (0%)
8 / 13 (62%)
Sanandaj
8 / 13 (62%)
2 / 13 (15%)
3 / 13 (23%)
Bandar Abbas
9 / 13 (69%)
0 / 13 (0%)
4 / 13 (31%)
Ardabil
6 / 13 (46%)
0 / 13 (0%)
7 / 13 (54%)
Qazvin
9 / 13 (69%)
2 / 13 (15%)
2 / 13 (15%)
Bojnurd
0 / 13 (0%)
0 / 13 (0%)
13 / 13 (100%)
Semnan
7 / 11 (64%)
2 / 11 (18%)
2 / 21 (10%)
Shahrekord
7 / 11 (64%)
2 / 11 (18%)
2 / 11 (18%)
Bushehr
4 / 11 (36%)
4 / 11 (36%)
3 / 11 (27%)
Ilam
2 / 11 (18%)
3 / 11 (27%)
6 / 11 (55%)
Birjand
2 / 11 (18%)
5 / 11 (45%)
4 / 11 (36%)
Yasuj
0 / 11 (0%)
0 / 11 (0%)
11 / 11 (100%)
Zahedan
0 / 9 (0%)
9 / 9 (100%)
0 / 9 (0%)
Total
240 / 479 (50%)
88 / 479 (18%)
151 / 479 (32%)

Highlights[edit]

For the first time in Iran, Sepanta Niknam, a Zoroastrian citizen was elected to the city council of Yazd.[13][14]

In another unprecedented event, Samiyeh Balochzehi, a Baloch Sunni woman was elected as a mayor in Iran, by the council of Kalat in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.[15]

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