Election turnout in Iran hits over 60%

February 28, 2016 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has said over 60 percent of the electorate cast their ballots in Iran’s parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections on Friday.

Speaking at a press conference in Tehran on Saturday, he mentioned that over 70 million ballots were cast for Majlis and Assembly of Experts in aggregate.

According to the minister, the initial results of the polls in the capital, Tehran, were to be released on Saturday night.

Earlier, head of the elections headquarters had said the final results of the polls in Tehran are expected to be announced within the next three days.

According to ISNA, initial results of the Assembly of Experts show Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the leading contender, is followed by President Rouhani, Mohsen Qomi, Mohammad Emami Kashani, Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, Qorbanali Dori Najafabadi, Mohammad Reishahri, Seyyed Abolfazl Mirmohammadi, Ebrahim Haj Amini najafabadi, Ahmad Jannati, Seyyed Mahmoud Alavai, Mohammad Yazdi, Nasrollah Shaabadi, Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, Mohsen Esmaeili, and Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi.

Also, unconfirmed resources say the reformist Mohammad Reza Aref, followed by the principlist Gholam Ali Hadad Adel, has secured the highest number of parliamentary votes up to the moment the report was being written.

There will be a run-off in April in the constituencies where no candidate wins a majority.

He added that no ballot box in any constituency across Iran has so far been declared null and void for whatsoever reason.

The minister held some 33 million voters or more than 60 percent of the electorate turned out in the twin crucial elections.

As counting is still underway in some constituencies, including Tehran, turnout will be certainly higher, he noted.

Rahmani Fazli said counting has ended in 48 constituencies, accounting for 70 percent of the country’s constituencies.

The minister further said votes of more than 3,000 ballot boxes have so far been counted in Tehran.

According to the minister, initial results will be released online but it takes at least three days for the final results to be announced.