Iranian legislative election, 1996
All 270 seats of Islamic Consultative Assembly
135 seats needed for a majority
Parliamentary elections were held in Iran on 8 March 1996, with a second round on 19 April. The Combatant Clergy Association and its allies emerged as the largest bloc in the Majlis, winning 110 of the 270 seats.
The constitution approved in a December 1979 referendum provided for a 270-seat Majlis, with five seats reserved for minority groups including Jews, Zorastrians, Armenians from the north and south of the country and one jointly elected by Assyrians and Chaldeans.
The elections were conducted using a two-round system, with the number of candidates progressing to the second round being double the number of seats available. Candidates required an absolute majority to win a seat in the first round, and plurality to win in the second round.
Main groups contesting in the elections were:
- Combatant Clergy Association and Islamic Aligned Organizations ('traditional' right-wing)
- Executives of Construction Party ('modern' right-wing)
- Association for Defence of Revolution Values ('neocon' right-wing)
- Association of Combatant Clerics ('traditional' left-wing)
- Coalition of Imam's Line groups ('radical' left-wing)
15 Freedom Movement members presented themselves as candidates and only 4 of them made it through initial vetting, 3 of whom were excluded before polling day. The organization announced its intention to withdraw from the election. The election was boycotted by the National Front and Nation Party.
Both conservatives and reformers claimed a 70 percent majority after the first round and also claimed independents as supporters.
- Salam newspaper
- Adelkhah (1999)
|Right||90 to 100|
|Executives of Construction||70 to 80|
- Nohlen et al (2001)
- In the following table, the Independents are counted as "allies".
|Combatant Clergy Association and allies||110||–40|
|Combatant Clerics of Tehran and allies||80||+80|
|Executives of Construction Party and allies||80||New|
|Source: Nohlen et al.|
- Kazemzadeh (2008)
|Rafsanjani and Executives of Construction||15–60|
|Left-wing coalition of Imam's Line||30|
The newly elected Majlis met for the first time on 1 June.
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