May 19, 2017 Held

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Islamic Republic of Iran

Election for Maqām mo'azzam rahbari (Iranian Supreme Leader)


Cast Votes:41,220,131
Valid Votes:None
Invalid Votes:None


Hassan ROUHANI23,549,616


Seyyed EBRAHIM15,786,449


Mostafa MIR-SALIM478,215


More Info:

Islamic Republic of Iran: President, 19 May 2017

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of Iran

Note on the Results: *Only candidates who recieved more than 1% of the final vote are included in results

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State:  Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-KHAMENEI (since 4 June 1989)
  • Head of Government:  President Hassan Fereidun ROUHANI (since 3 August 2013)
  • Assembly:  Iran has a unicameral Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majles-e Shoraye Eslami) with 290 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Supreme Leader is appointed for life by the Assembly of Experts.
  • Candidates for all elected office must submit register with the Ministry of Interior and be vetted and approved by the Guardian Council. Once approved they may campaign until 24 hours prior to election day, typically one week.
  • The president is elected by popular vote to a four-year term.

Last Election:

  • Hassan ROUHANI defeated Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer QALIBAF in 2012 to be elected president. It was considered a victory for reformists over hardliners, a result which was reflected in the legislative elections in 2016.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Mostafa MIRSALIM
    • Islamic Republican Party / حزب جمهوری اسلامی; Ḥezb-e Jomhūrī-e Eslāmī
    • Executives of Construction Party /  حزب کارگزاران سازندگی ایران‎‎
  •  Eshaq JAHANGIRI
    • Moderation and Development Party /  حزب اعتدال و توسعه; Hezb-e E'tedāl va Towse'eh
  • Hassan ROUHANI
    • Moderation and Development Party / حزب اعتدال و توسعه; Hezb-e E'tedāl va Towse'eh
  • Ebrahim RAISI
    • Popular Front of Islamic Revolution Forces (Jamna) /  جبهه مردمی نیروهای انقلاب اسلامی; Jebha-ye Mardomi-ye Niruhā-ye Enqelāb-e Eslāmī

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population:  82,801,633 (July 2016)
  • Registered Voters:  50,483,192 (2013)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population:  40,813,548 (July 2016)
  • Is Iran a signatory to CEDAW:  No
  • Has Iran ratified CEDAW:  No
  • Gender Quota:  No
  • Female candidates in this election:  No
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians:  15 (2016)
  • Human Development Index Position:  69 (2014)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization:  N/A

Disability Data:

  • Is Iran a signatory to CRPD:  No
  • Has Iran ratified CRPD:  Yes, accession (23 October 2009)
  • Population with a disability:  12,273,641