Iran Election: Record Low Turnout as Polls Close

The parliamentary elections in Iran witnessed a record low turnout, raising concerns about the regime's legitimacy and ability to address the people's needs.


Low Turnout Marks Iranian Elections

Polling closed in Iran's parliamentary elections with officials reporting a nationwide turnout of 40.6%, the lowest in history.

Despite extending polling hours and making efforts to boost participation, voter turnout fell short of the previous record of 42.5% in the 2020 election.

In Tehran, turnout was even lower, with just 12% of eligible voters casting their ballots within the first eight hours of voting.

Regime's Concerns About Legitimacy

The Iranian regime placed significant importance on increasing voter turnout to counter claims of illegitimacy and inability to address economic and personal freedom concerns.

Opposition groups, however, questioned the accuracy of the official figures, and social media outlets shared images of near-empty polling stations.

Reformist candidates were disqualified, further undermining the credibility of the election in the eyes of many voters.

Hardliners Expected to Strengthen Grip

With the decline of the reformist movement and the disqualification of many reformist candidates, hardliners are expected to tighten their control over the parliament and the Assembly of Experts.

Critics argue that power in Iran lies not with politicians but with branches of the security services and the army.

The recent presidency of Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner, has also shifted the country's stance towards a more pro-Russian and anti-western direction.