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Iranians vote in parliamentary run-off elections

Apr 29 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Iranians vote in run-off parliamentary elections in which 68 seats are up for grabs in the 290-seat Majlis. 

"People will vote for 68 undecided seats in constituencies that candidates failed to get 25 percent of votes cast in the first round of the election," said Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli on Friday. 

Polls opened at 8:00 local time (0430 GMT) on Friday and will close at 7.00 p.m., but voting can be extended depending on the turnout. 

Elected reformist MPs to meet first time since winning

Apr 28 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Iranian reformist MP Mohammadreza Tabesh has announced that the reformist and moderate MPs who won seats in the first round of elections are to meet for the first time since then.

The reformists had published a list of candidates they endorsed, referred to as the Omid List (Hope List). Most of these candidates, especially the ones in Tehran, won in their ridings.

Tabesh reported that the group will meet on Saturday April 30 and will begin discussing the establishment of the Hope Faction within Parliament.

Ministry rejects accusation of election meddling

Apr 28 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

After Gholamali Haddad Adel, the top conservative parliamentary candidate in Tehran, accused the administration of interfering in the election process, the interior ministry rejected the accusations and said no evidence has been provided to back such allegations.

In a meeting of the Conservative Coalition on Thursday April 29, Haddad Adel said there is evidence of the administration’s interference in the elections across the country, which according to him has become the pretext for further interference in the second round of elections.

Former president rallies votes for reformists in second round

Apr 25 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami is calling on Iranian voters to support the Rohani administration in the second round of parliamentary elections.

In a statement, Khatami highlights the sensitivity of the elections and urges even those who did not go to the polls in the first round to now vote in support of the moderate factions of the government.

The second round of elections will take place on Friday April 29 to determine the fate of 69 of the 290 seats in Parliament, which could have a pivotal effect on the makeup of the coming Parliament.

Campaigning begins in Iran run-off parliamentary elections

Apr 21 2016
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Campaigning begins in Iran's parliamentary run-off elections scheduled for April 29, seen as a test for the administration of President Hassan Rouhani and his critics.

The election campaigns began on Thursday and will end 24 hours before the start of the voting process, which is scheduled to be held on April 29 for the constituencies where candidates failed to obtain the required minimum 25 percent of votes cast.

As many as 136 individuals in 55 constituencies will compete to fill 68 remaining seats of the 290-seat Parliament (Majlis) in this round of the elections.

Iranian Parliament Approves Subsidy Cuts To 24 Million Iranians

Apr 14 2016
Iran
Source: 
RFLRE

The parliament in Tehran has approved a bill to cancel cash subsidies to 24 million Iranians, according to local reports.

Under the changes, the government will have to end monthly cash payments of around $12 a person for many civil servants, members of the armed forces, paramilitary volunteers, and others who already receive social welfare, according to the ISNA agency.

Analysts say the action by the conservative-dominated parliament on April 12 has angered President Hassan Rohani, who will have to figure out how to put the unpopular measure into effect.

Reformists give recommendations for second round of voting

Apr 07 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Iran’s reformists report that they are endorsing 52 candidates in the second round of parliamentary elections next month.

Al Sufi, a spokesman for the group, told the Shargh daily on Wednesday April 6: “In some ridings we are not endorsing anyone; in others we are endorsing reformists or independent candidates, and in a very few cases, we are supporting the moderate conservative.”

He said only four moderate conservatives are being endorsed by the reformists in the second round.

Isfahan candidate disqualified despite voter support

Mar 22 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Nasim Online reported on Tuesday March 22 that Minoo Khaleghi, a leading candidate in Isfahan, was disqualified by the Guardian Council. Her name had been on the list of candidates endorsed by reformists.

According to the report, the fifth representative from Isfahan will therefore be elected in a by-election.

Khaleghi, 31, is an environmental activist, has a master’s degree in communications law and is pursuing a PhD degree in general law.

According to the final results issued by the elections office, Khaleghi was in third place among the Isfahan candidates.

Iran’s Guardian Council validates results for Experts Assembly elections

Mar 17 2016
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iran’s Guardian Council, which oversees elections and legislation, has validated the results for last month’s Assembly of Experts elections.

In a letter to the Interior Ministry on Thursday, Iran’s top supervisory and vetting body confirmed the results of the February Assembly of Experts elections for all constituencies across the country.

On February 26, Iranians went to the polls in twin elections to choose members of the Majlis (Parliament) and Assembly of Experts.

Results of electoral complaints due soon: Iranian official

Mar 15 2016
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iran’s Guardian Council, which oversees elections and legislation, has reportedly addressed electoral complaints weeks after the country’s double elections, confirming a healthy voting process at dozens of the constituencies in question.

Siyamak Rahpeyk, the spokesman for Iran’s Central Elections Supervising Committee, said Monday that “so far [the results of] more that 100 constituencies have been reviewed by the Guardian Council and the election process [there] has been validated.”

Voting day set for second round of parliamentary election

Mar 14 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

The head of Iran’s Elections Office announced that voting in ridings that went into the second round of the election will be held on April 29.

Ali Pourali reported that the ministry of interior and the Guardian Council have agreed on the date.

Iranians went to the polls on February 26 to elect parliamentary representatives, and in a number of ridings, candidates went into the second round of the election.

Elections Disqualified Vote-Rigging Claims: Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks in meeting with top clerics

Mar 14 2016
Iran
Source: 
Iranian Diplomacy

Nearly a fortnight after the elections held on February 27, Iran’s Supreme Leader commented on the Assembly of Experts’ election in a meeting with members, who had just attended their last summit before the new assembly takes over, on Tuesday in Tehran.

Former president presses Rohani on detained opposition leaders

Mar 09 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Former Iranian president and prominent reformist figure Mohammad Khatami has urged the Rohani government to honour its election promises, adding that the country’s security-laden atmosphere does not befit the Iranian people.

In a meeting with his advisers on Tuesday March 8, 2016, Khatami highlighted the role of MirHosein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi in the recent parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections.

High turnout in elections to disappoint enemies: Iran’s judiciary chief

Feb 10 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on Tuesday called for massive participation of Iranians in the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts polls due to be held later this month, saying a high turnout would guarantee the Islamic Establishment.

“The significance of the (Iranian) Establishment hinges on people’s presence and their votes,” Ayatollah Amoli Larijani said, after paying tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini here in Tehran.

Intelligence minister calls for massive turnout in upcoming elections

Feb 10 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Feb 9, IRNA – Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi here on Tuesday called for massive turnout in the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections on February 26, 2016.

Speaking in a gathering attended by university chancellors and professors, Alavi said Iranian people would speak to people across the globe while casting their ballots in the elections.

‘All of us have duty to safeguard the country from the evil eyes during the elections,’ he added.

Leader encourages large turnout in elections

Feb 09 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Feb 8, IRNA – The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that large turnout of people in the upcoming elections will increase the country and system’s glory and power and will neutralize enemy plots.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with the commanders and staff of the Army Air Force on the occasion of Air Force Day.

Rouhani urges all to take part in votes under any circumstances

Feb 07 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Feb 7, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani urged the nation to take part in the upcoming elections in Iran under any circumstances.

Addressing a gathering on women, development and moderation here Sunday, the President regretted that the country was presently suffering from extremism from both ends.

He said extremism takes its roots not from violence but from minds.

The President further noted that many of the problems in the present world are also rooted in extremism because certain people know nothing but extremist practices.

Iran elections need no international monitoring: MP

Feb 07 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

A senior Iranian lawmaker slams a request by three US lawmakers for visas to Iran to monitor the upcoming elections, saying polls in the Islamic Republic need no international monitoring.

“Elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran need no international oversight and in case of any need (to monitoring) , that (monitor) will definitely not be the United States,” Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi told IRIB news on Saturday.

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