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Initial results show Iran election turnout over 40%

Iranian voters cast their ballots for parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections in the capital Tehran on March 1, 2024. (Photo by Tasnim)

Preliminary results from the Iranian parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections show that the turnout has surpassed 40 percent.

Citing unofficial statistics, Iranian media reported on Saturday that the rate of participation in the nationwide vote for the 12th term of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) and the 6th term of the Assembly of Experts was over 40%, with the results of the vote counting in a number of constituencies yet to be released.

The polls opened at 8 a.m. local time (0430) on Friday and the voting began at 59,000 polling stations across the country, with more than 15,000 candidates competing for 290 seats in the Iranian parliament, and 144 candidates vying for positions at the eight-year-term Assembly of Experts, an 88-member body in charge of overseeing the activities of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution with a position of authority to either appoint or dismiss the Leader.

Voting for the two elections ended at midnight local time after 16 straight hours.

A total of 61.17 million people, comprising 30.94 million men and 30.22 million women, were eligible to vote in the two elections, with the Iranian Interior Ministry saying more than 25 million cast their ballots at the polls.

The voting was initially scheduled to end at 18:00 local time but was extended three times, with each extension lasting for two hours.

President Raeisi hails high election turnout

In a message on Saturday, President Ebrahim Raeisi expressed his gratitude to the Iranian people for their remarkable turnout.

Raeisi said the enthusiastic and conscious presence of Iranians in Friday’s vote was a “big no” to the global arrogance after its historic defeat in last year’s riots, which broke out following the death of a 22-year-old woman in the capital Tehran.

“The ill-wishers of our beloved Iran had mobilized all their power so that the March 1 elections would be held without fervor,” he said.

Raeisi also underlined that the remarkable turnout brought “honor and pride to the Islamic homeland and despair and frustration on the enemies.”

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