Elections News

Nabz Nameh - August 2017 Introduction Iran held three concurrent elections in May 2017: presidential, city and village council, and mid-term parliamentary. It is nothing new to say that elections in Iran are neither free nor fair, but a careful look at the types of electoral violations reported...
Nabz Nameh - June 2017 Iranians went to the polls on May 19th to cast votes in presidential and local elections. Of the 287,425 candidates registered to run in Iran's local elections 17,885 were women, making up 6.3 percent of all candidates. More registered at the village level (11,142) than the...
Nabz Nameh - May 2017 On May 19, Iranians will go to polls across Iran to vote for candidates in local elections, which will take place on the same day as the presidential elections. While much focus and importance has been placed on the presidential election and candidates, local elections offer...
Nabz-Nameh November 2016 Introduction Government in Iran is based on a centralized system, but in order to encourage citizen participation, the law grants local entities certain levels of authority in decision-making, implementation, consultation, and oversight. The Interior Ministry is in charge...
Nabz-Nameh April 2016 Iran is a vast country and diverse in its ethnic, religious, and cultural makeup. Given this scale, the demands, problems, and political persuasions of people vary from one part of the country to another. Restrictions on civic and political activities and on the freedoms of...
Nabz-Nameh March 2016 - Elections Edition In open societies, it is political parties or social movements that identify the demands and concerns of social groups, such as women, and give voice to them at the level of media and society. Parties and civil society organizations thus strive to...
Nabz-Nameh February 2016 Creating fair proportionality between the population of electoral districts and the number of seats allocated to them in the Majles (parliament) is a challenge that to date has not received the attention it merits in Iran. Indeed, analysts have been too preoccupied with...
Nabz-Nameh November 2015 Introduction In April 2015, the Iranian Majles passed a bill that would require the government to carry out parliamentary elections at the provincial level. While electoral districts in Iran are currently drawn up along county lines, this bill would expand the districts to...
This week in human rights in Iran Arbitrary detention On April 5, Mostafa Tork Hamadani, lawyer of Ali Motahari, announced that Motahari’s attackers have been freed on bail and that the judiciary has summoned officials from Shiraz University. This university had organized the conference for which...
This week in human rights in Iran University Issues July 9 marked the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the July 1999 student demonstrations in Iran and the ensuing violent crackdown. After Iranian students protested the closure of the pro-reform newspaper Salam, pro-regime forces led by the...