Publicly Announced Turnout Rates by Constituency for Iran’s 2020 Parliamentary Elections

2020/03/13
Publicly Announced Turnout Rates by Constituency for Iran’s 2020 Parliamentary Elections

On February 21, Iran held its eleventh parliamentary elections since the Islamic revolution of 1979. Having witnessed the lowest voter turnout since the establishment of the Islamic republic (see the map of participation rates per provinces here), the government broke with tradition and did not publish the following details of the election results: voter turnout by constituency, election results by constituency, eligible voters by constituency, total number of ballots cast, and total number of valid votes. The Ministry of Interior (MOI) only published the overall turnout percentage in the country and unofficial turnout rates per province. The lack of public and verified information calls into question the validity of the results.

Nabz-Iran has compiled a dataset of the election results at the constituency level based on available press releases, available copies of “Form 78” (the formal statement of election results at the constituency level), and data published on the websites of local governors.

To determine voter turnout, the Ministry of Interior or local governors generate an estimate based on national census data and population growth rate as compared to number of votes cast. This is in contrast to other electoral systems that generate voter turnout by comparing voter registration data to the number of valid votes cast. As a result, voter turnout figures only provide an estimate rather than an exact percentage. Compounding the problem, only a portion of constituencies released turnout figures after the 2020 parliamentary elections. This map shows the available data on voter turnout by constituency.

Nabz-Iran has other maps based on the dataset of available results which can be found here:

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For more information about Iran's 2020 parliamentary elections visit Nabz-Iran's Elections Central 2020 page.

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