An Introductory Primer on Local Elections in Iran


Election season in Iran is sometimes characterized by the slight loosening of restrictions on state-sanctioned civil society and the media. and garner support. Local elections, in particular, present an opportunity for citizens to engage in the electoral process in a less politically sensitive and closely monitoredinternationally -- environment than the one surrounding the presidential polls. Understanding local politics and governing structures are important to help and encourage citizens to participate in local level elections and politics. This introductory primer on local elections in Iran provides users with an overview of the local governing structures, background of local village and city council elections, and how this impact and fits within the context of the 2017 local and presidential election.