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Results of electoral complaints due soon: Iranian official

15 March 2016 13:23



Iran’s Guardian Council, which oversees elections and legislation, has reportedly addressed electoral complaints weeks after the country’s​ double elections, confirming a healthy voting process at dozens of the constituencies in question.

Siyamak Rahpeyk, the spokesman for Iran’s Central Elections Supervising Committee, said Monday that “so far [the results of] more that 100 constituencies have been reviewed by the Guardian Council and the election process [there] has been validated.”

The Guardian Council is examining possible election fraud after it received complaints of faulty vote casting in certain constituencies across the country.

The Iranian official further said that partial vote recounts were conducted in some of the reported constituencies and that the final results will be announced within the next few days.

On February 26, Iranians went to the polls in twin elections to choose members of the Majlis (Parliament) and Assembly of Experts.

Iranian election authorities put the turnout at 62 percent, with at least 33 million out of the 55 million eligible voters taking part in the two votes.

As many as 4,844 candidates, including about 500 women, competed for a place in the 290-seat parliament, while a total of 159 candidates ran for the 88-member Assembly of Experts, which is constitutionally tasked with selecting a leader when the need arises.

The Islamic Republic will hold a run-off vote in late April to fill 69 parliamentary seats, for which no clear winner emerged during the first round.

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