Preparations Made for E-Voting in Iran: Minister

Preparations Made for E-Voting in Iran: Minister

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi voiced his organization’s readiness to hold the upcoming run-off parliamentary elections across the country with electronic voting machines.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Vahidi said the Interior Ministry is well prepared for full e-voting process in Iran as the run-off parliamentary elections will be held on May 10.

He noted that electronic voting machines will be used in a total of eight polling districts, where two or more candidates should be elected.

The run-off parliamentary elections will be held in 22 constituencies across the country where the candidates had failed to receive an absolute majority (more than 50%) of votes cast during the first round held on March 1.

A total of 90 candidates will be racing for the 45 vacant seats out of 290 parliamentary seats.

In Tehran, 32 candidates will run against each other to fill the quota of 16 seats.

The elections will kick off at 8 am on May 10 and will continue for 10 hours, but the voting period could be extended at the discretion of the interior minister.

The spokesperson for the Election Headquarters of Iran said last week that considering the successful process of e-voting, next year’s presidential election is expected to be held with electronic voting machines across the nation.

The countrywide elections for the Parliament and the Assembly of Experts were held on March 1.

Around 61 million Iranian people were eligible to vote, including 3.5 million first-time voters.

The elections were held in around 60,000 polling stations across Iran.

There are currently 290 seats in the Iranian Parliament, known as Majlis, elected by direct vote of people in nationwide elections for four years.

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