Iranian presidential election, 1980

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Iranian presidential election, 1980

25 January 1980 → 1981

  President of iran Abolhassan Banisadr.jpg Ahmad Madani by NLAI.jpg
Nominee Abolhassan Banisadr Ahmad Madani
Party Independent Independent
(Member of the NF)
Popular vote 10,709,330 2,224,554
Percentage 75.6% 15.71%

President before election


Elected President

Abolhassan Banisadr

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] There were only 8 candidates with ballot access and the rest of candidates were write-in.[3]

Candidates with ballot access[edit]

Party nominees[3]
Non-partisan candidates[3]


Declined to run[edit]


Organization Candidate
Combatant Clergy Association Abolhassan Banisadr[3]
Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom Hassan Habibi (Replaced Abolhassan Banisadr)[3]
Islamic Republican Party Hassan Habibi (Replaced Jalaleddin Farsi)[3]
Freedom Movement of Iran None[3]
Tudeh Party of Iran Hassan Habibi[4]
Nation Party of Iran Dariush Forouhar[3]
Revolutionary Movement of Muslim People of Iran Kazem Sami[3]
People's Mujahedin of Iran None (Initially Massoud Rajavi)[5]
Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan None (Initially Massoud Rajavi)[6]
Organization of People's Fedaian Majority and Minority None (Initially Massoud Rajavi)[7]
Movement of Militant Muslims None[4]
Socialist Workers' Party of Iran Babak Zahraei[4]
Fada'iyan-e Islam Abolhassan Banisadr[4]
Islamic Association of Teachers of Iran Abolhassan Banisadr[4]

Election results[edit]

Abolhassan Banisadr was elected as president.


Iranian presidential election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Independent Abolhassan Banisadr 10,709,330 75.6%
Independent (National Front member) Ahmad Madani 2,224,554 15.71%
Islamic Republican Party nominee Hassan Habibi 674,859 3.35%
Nation Party nominee Dariush Forouhar 133,478 0.94%
Independent (Freedom Movement member) Sadeq Tabatabaei 114,776 0.81%
JAMA nominee Kazem Sami 89,270 0.63%
Independent (Freedom Movement member) Sadegh Ghotbzadeh 48,547 0.34%
Other candidates 2,110 0.01%
Valid votes 13,994,814 98.95%
Blank or invalid votes 151,806
Totals 14,146,620 100.00%
Voter turnout 67.42%


# Candidate Votes[3]
1 Abolhassan Banisadr 1,833,197
2 Ahmad Madani 553,557
3 Hassan Habibi 90,228
4 Sadeq Tabatabaei 28,676
5 Kazem Sami 24,676
6 Dariush Forouhar 22,221
7 Sadegh Ghotbzadeh 12,207
8 Mohammad Mokri 299
9 Mahmoud Seirafizadeh 169
Others <100


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