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Iran to hold run-off elections on April 29

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An Iranian woman casts her ballot at a polling station on February 26, 2016. © Mehr News Agency

Iran will hold run-off parliamentary elections on April 29 for some constituencies where candidates failed to obtain the required minimum 25 percent of votes cast.

Secretary of Interior Ministry’s State Elections Committee Ali Pourali Motlaq said on Monday that the second round of voting would be held in 56 constituencies after the Guardian Council gave a green light.

“In this round of the elections, 138 individuals will compete to fill 69 Majlis seats,” he added.

Iran held the 10th parliamentary and 5th Assembly of Experts elections on February 26 with an overall turnout of 62 percent nationwide.

At least 33 million out of the 55 million eligible voters took part in the two votes. As many as 4,844 candidates, including about 500 women, competed for a place in the 290-seat parliament while a total of 159 candidates ran for the 88-member Assembly of Experts, which is constitutionally tasked with selecting a leader when the need arises.

Based on the final count of 3,246,991 votes, all the 30 parliamentary seats related to Tehran constituency were won by reformist and pro-government figures with former vice president Mohammad Reza Aref leading the capital city’s parliamentary list followed by Ali Motahhari, Soheila Jelodarzadeh, Alireza Mahjoub and Elias Hazrati, all reformist figures.

The Principlists camp prevailed in other parts of the country.

Chairman of the Expediency Council and former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and Mohammad Aqa Emami ranked first and second respectively in the Assembly of Experts elections in Tehran Province.

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