Iran Elections 2024: Amid Voter Apathy, Iran Gears Up For First Polls Since 2022 Protests | What To Expect

??In a population of 85 million, more than 61.2 million people are eligible to vote in today's elections. However, Iran is facing high levels of voter apathy. Due to the ongoing crisis and crackdown on rights, many Iranians are against going to the polls and have declared that they will not be voting.
Iran Elections 2024: Amid Voter Apathy, Iran Gears Up For First Polls Since 2022 Protests | What To Expect

Iran Elections 2024: Amid Voter Apathy, Iran Gears Up For First Polls Since 2022 Protests | What To Expect

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Tehran: Iran will be heading to the polls today to vote for their next parliament and Assembly of Experts. The Iran elections come at a crucial time as the new Assembly of Experts is expected to announce the successor of Iran's Supreme Leder Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In the parliamentary elections scheduled for today, 15,200 candidates are contesting for 290 seats. Votes will also be cast for around 88 clerics for an eight-year term with the Assembly of Experts.
In a population of 85 million, more than 61.2 million people are eligible to vote in today's elections. However, Iran is facing high levels of voter apathy. Due to the ongoing crisis and crackdown on rights, many Iranians are against going to the polls and have declared that they will not be voting.
Polls will open at 8 AM local time and will remain open for 10 hours as per Iranian law. Around 59,000 polling stations will be operational across the country. Of these, 5,000 will be operational in the capital city of Tehran.

What To Expect?

Iran is expecting its voter turnout to reach an all-time low with the 2024 elections. In 2020 the parliamentary elections saw a voter turnout of 42 percent, which was the lowest reported since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
These elections are also the first to take place after the nationwide protests which took place in 2022 following the death of Mahsa Amini. As per reports, the overall atmosphere in Iran shows that people are lacking enthusiasm and showing voter apathy. Government surveys have also shown that Iranians were unaware that two elections were taking place.
Following the 2022 protests, the political and social atmosphere became more repressive in Iran. Along with this, the economic state of the country also continues to deteriorate, which has led to widespread public dissatisfaction.
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