Iran announces lowest voter turnout since 1979

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Iran’s inner minister has launched that the voter turnout within the recent parliamentary elections turned into once about 42 p.c, the lowest for the reason that 1979 revolution.

It turned into once thefirst time turnout dipped below the 50 p.c designate for the reason that revolution as the nation’s top chief said its enemies played up the threat of theunique coronavirusto dissuade folks from balloting.

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“The turnout across the nation turned into once 42.57 p.c,” Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli told a televised files convention on Sunday. “In [the capital] Tehran, it turned into once around 25 p.c. All the absolute top method by Iran, over 24 million folks voted.”

Fazli said the election took attach below much less-than-very supreme cases, but nonetheless, “we delight in that the sequence of votes and the turnout is on the total acceptable”.

In the 2016 polls, the turnout turned into once 62 p.c, whereas four years earlier, it turned into once 66 p.c. The 2020 figure will be a disappointment for the nation’s political leadership, which had known as for a turnout of on the least 55 to 60 p.c within the scamper-as a lot as the elections.

Al Jazeera’s Assed Baig, reporting from Tehran, said the low turnout turned into once “very embarrassing” for the political establishment.

“We knew this election might perchance be controversial since the Guardian Council, the physique that vets candidates, disqualified hundreds of candidates, including 81 present sitting MPs,” he said.

“But no subject the Supreme Leader and President Hassan Rouhani coming out to lend a hand folks to vote, they staunch did now not arrive out.”

‘Destructive propaganda’

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who on Friday said balloting turned into once “a non secular accountability”, blamed the low turnout on the “adverse propaganda” concerning the unique coronavirus.

“This adverse propaganda concerning the virus began just a few months within the past and grew better earlier than the election,” said Khamenei, primarily based fully fully on his official net feature.

“Their media did no longer pass over the tiniest different for dissuading Iranian voters and resorting to the excuse of illness and the virus.”

Iran, which confirmed its first case of the unique coronavirus two days earlier than the polls, has launched 43 cases of the virus in four varied cities, including in Tehran.

With eight folks ineffective, Iran has the top d***h toll from the unique coronavirus start air of China, where the outbreak began slack final twelve months and has to this point killed extra than 2,400 folks.

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