Nabz Elections Central 2020

Iranians will head to the polls in February 2020 to elect the 11th parliament, and again in 2021 to select a new president. While there are many flaws associated with the Iranian electoral system, it provides an opportunity for Iranian citizens to participate in the electoral process, operate within the democratic system, and generate demands for increased political accountability. Opportunities for large-scale reform remain limited under the current system, but the history of political developments in Iran suggest a possibility for gradual, systemic change. Since the 1979 revolution, Iran’s politics have shifted substantively from a one-party system dominated by clerics to a multi-party system with moderate and reformist politicians.

While the powers of the parliament are curtailed by the office of the Supreme Leader, the IRGC, the Guardian Council, and others; parliamentary elections provide an opportunity for Iranians to choose the representatives of their communities, counties and provinces. Parliament serves as a public outlet for political differences and diversity. Parliamentary debates about government performance are common and lively; parliamentarians have rejected or impeached ministers proposed by Presidents Rafsanjani, Admadinejad and Rouhani; and parliament plays an active role in examining the yearly budget. The parliament has also displayed increased diversity over the years, including women and a small number of religious minorities..

Elections are more than just election-day and the casting of a ballot. They are part of an ongoing cycle by which citizens participate in the process of delivering a better quality of life, whether at the national, regional or local level. Genuine elections are a fundamental human right; when conducted properly they encourage popular engagement, accountability, and peaceful transfers of power. Even as one election passes, it begins another cycle and offers opportunities to improve the system.

Nabz-Iran has followed elections since 2013 and has compiled a series of resources to encourage a more accountable system that involves and responds to citizens. See below to learn more and check back for new materials. You can also see more about the 2017 presidential, village, municipal and regional council elections, and the 2016 parliamentary elections.

Some of the content listed below have originally been produced for previous elections.

What Were the Results?

How Do Iranian Elections Work?

What Should Voters Think About?

How Can Citizens Promote Accountability?