Iranian Local Elections, 2013
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Iranian Local Elections, 2013

2013 Iranian local elections

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Provincial capitals[1]

The Iranian local elections took place on 14 June 2013 to elected members of the fourth council of the City and Village Councils of Iran.[2] This election was held by a general election with the presidential election. The original date of the election was in June 2010 but Parliament of Iran voted to increase age of the councils from 4 to 7 years. The councils began their work one month after the election to elect the new mayors.[3] Officials said special inspectors have been charged with monitoring more than 67,000 polling stations nationwide. Over 200,000 candidates have been qualified to run for both city and rural council seats. More than 126,000 seats are up for grab in the elections.[4]


The city and village councils are local establishments that are elected by public vote in all cities and villages across the country. Council members in each city or village are elected for a four-year term. The councils are tasked with helping the Islamic Republic's social, economic, cultural and educational advancement by encouraging public participation in social affairs. The city councils also elects city mayors.


The registration of candidates was toke place from 15 to 20 April 2013. The Guardian Council was announced the final candidates on 16 May 2013. The candidates that failed to enter to the election had a four days timeout for protest.[5][6]


The councils have 124,700 original members; with the allowance members, it reaches to 207,587 members.[7] This is different from the previous election.[8]

Population Num. of members
20,000 or less 5 (original) +2 (allowance)
20, 000 to 50,000 7 + 3
50,000 to 100,000 9 + 4
100,000 to 200,000 11 + 5
200,000 to 500,000 13 + 6
50,000 to 1,000,000 15 + 7
1,000,000 to 2,000,000 21 + 8
2,000,000 or more 25 + 10
Tehran 31 + 12

Election summary

Ministry of Interior have announced that election will be held by electoral vote in fourteen provinces.[9] The candidates can began their publicity from 6 June and it will be end 24 hours before the election.[10] According to Interior Minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar a number of 352,165 persons have enrollment.[11]


Provincial capitals

Khabar Online published the results of the election in 9 major cities, according to electoral lists. Those who did not count as Principlist or Reformist, were Independents:[12]

Fars News Agency also published a detailed report for province capitals, with the results as following:[1]

Province capital seats won by political factions according to Fars News Agency report.[1]

  Principlists (50.1%)
  Reformists (18.37%)
  Independents (31.52%)


For the first time in Iran, Sepanta Niknam, a Zoroastrian citizen was elected to the city council of Yazd.[13][14]

In another unprecedented event, Samiyeh Balochzehi, a Baloch Sunni woman was elected as a mayor in Iran, by the council of Kalat in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "? ? ". Fars News Agency. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "the date of the local election have announced". Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ City Councils law Archived 28 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine Ministry of Interior
  4. ^ Iran's city councils candidates start campaigns for June vote Press TV, 7 June 2013
  5. ^ The date of registrations of the 2013 local elections Archived 31 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine Khoorna
  6. ^ %D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%B1=%DB%B1%DB%B1%DB%B8%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%B1%7C%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AE=%DB%B1 The registrations date will not renewed 118 Khabar
  7. ^ The end of the time for 207,587 seats
  8. ^ Changes at the 2013 elections
  9. ^ "Electoral voted in 14 provinces". Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ From A to Z in the local elections 2013
  11. ^ 352,166 persons entered to the elections, from 25 to 100 years old
  12. ^ " ? ? ? ?". Khabar Online. July 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Iran's Guardian Council Tries to Exclude Non-Muslims from Running", Human Rights Watch, 19 April 2017, retrieved 2017
  14. ^ Shima Shahrabi (21 April 2017), "Religious Minorities Barred from Running in Local Elections", Iran Wire, retrieved 2017
  15. ^ A correspondent in Tehran (5 December 2013), "Baluch Sunni woman elected mayor is first for Iran", Al-Monitor, retrieved 2017

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