Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 27
By Fatih Karimov- Trend:
Iran's interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said that early results of parliamentary election for capital city of Tehran will be announced by Feb. 27 night.
So far votes have been counted in 3000 ballot boxes in Tehran, the minister said, Iran's state-run IRINN TV reported Feb. 27.
Almost 2.9-3 million people have participated in the election in Tehran, while some 6.6 million were eligible for voting, he said, estimating that the voter turnout at Tehran city reaches 42 percent.
In the capital Tehran, more than 1,000 candidates were competing for just 30 parliamentary seats.
Rahmani Fazli further said that over 70 percent of votes across the country have been counted, adding by tonight 70-80 percent of the voting results will be announced.
He further said that the turnout in parliament and Assembly of Experts of the election was over 60 percent.
The minister also said that the second round of parliamentary election most likely will be held in April.
It should be noted that the candidates must receive at least 25 percent of the votes in the first round. If no candidate passes this threshold, a second round is held with the two best-placed candidates.
Elections were held for the tenth round of parliament and fifth round of the Assembly of Experts on Feb. 26. Iranians went to the polls in over 1,063 constituencies.
Currently, the Parliament has 290 representatives fourteen of whom represent the non-Muslim religious minorities. Women constitute about eight percent of the Parliament members in Iran.
A total of 4,844 hopefuls, including about 500 women, who were qualified among 12,000 registered candidates by the Guardian Council, were taking part in the race to take the parliamentary seats.
The elected candidates will serve from May 3, 2016 for a four-year term.
The Assembly of Experts will also see its 88 members elected by the people for another eight-year term.