Iran’s Presidential Election On July 5 Amid Record Low Turnout.

June 29, 2024 8:32 PM.

Iran’s 14th presidential election entered a run-off vote, with former Health Minister Masoud Pezeshkian and former chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili leading in the first round, but no one gets the minimum threshold of 50 per cent of votes, Iran’s Election Headquarters Spokesperson Mohsen Eslami said today.

The spokesperson said that the turnout of the voting stands at 40 per cent. None of the four candidates secured more than 50% of the vote in yesterday’s election, prompting a second round on July 5. The election saw the lowest voter turnout for a presidential election since the Islamic Republic was established in 1979.

Voting for Iran’s 14th presidential election took place yesterday after President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash last month. Iran’s 14th presidential election, initially set for 2025, was rescheduled following Raisi’s unexpected death.

The voting was held at close to 59,000 polling stations in more than 95 states, and over 61 million people are eligible to vote in the election, according to authorities.