Low turnout in Iranian presidential elections raises a question over legitimacy


Issue 1129 - 01 Jul 2021 | 2 minute read

Just 28.75m people voted in the 18 June election, representing a turnout of just 48.5%. It was the first time in the Islamic Republic’s history that a minority of voters took part in a presidential election. The previous record low was set in 1993, when 51% of eligible voters cast a ballot in an election which ushered in a second term for President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

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