Iran, Islamic Republic of

Islamic Republic of Iran

82,820,766 12

Population (as of Feb. 8, 2019)

Elections in our database

50,483,192 64.19%

Registered Voters (as of None)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly Majles-e-Shura-ye-Eslami Assembly
Supreme Leader of Iran Maqām mo'azzam rahbari Head of State
Assembly of Experts for Leadership Majles-e Khobragan Rahbari Constituent Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Hoseini- KHAMENEI *
  • Head of Government: President Hassan RUHANI
  • Assembly: Iran has a unicameral Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majles-e-Shura-ye-Eslami) with 290 seats.

* The Leader of the Islamic Revolution is appointed for life by the Assembly of Experts.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Leader of the Islamic Revolution is appointed.
  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majles-e-Shura-ye-Eslami) 290 members are elected by qualified plurality vote to serve 4-year terms.
    • District magnitudes range from one to six. Five of 290 seats are reserved to recognized religious minorities. The electoral system is based on the multiple non-transferable vote (i.e. voters have as many votes to cast as there are seats to fill in the respective constituency). The victory threshold for a candidate is 25 percent, however. If no candidate exceeds 25 percent of votes in the first round, a second-round election is held. Two-way ties are broken by lot. There are no clear provisions for breaking ties among three or more candidates.
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Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly 2000-02-18 - 32,000,000 -
President 2001-06-08 28,081,930 38,700,000 72.56%
President 2005-06-17 29,317,039 46,786,418 62.66%
President 2005-06-24 27,959,253 46,786,418 59.76%
Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly 2008-03-14 24,240,269 49,000,000 49.47%
Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly 2008-04-25 5,443,161 49,000,000 11.11%
President 2009-06-12 39,371,214 46,200,000 85.22%
Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly 2012-03-02 32,469,937 32,469,937 100.0%
President 2013-06-14 36,704,156 50,483,192 72.71%
Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly 2016-02-26 - - -
Assembly of Experts for Leadership 2016-02-26 - - -
President 2017-05-19 41,220,131 50,483,192 -

Voter Turnout