E-Voting in 24 Cities for Local Elections

Iran to hold the upcoming city council elections electronically in 24 major cities in a historic move that could change the course of future elections in the country.
“The board has agreed to the Interior Ministry’s request for e-voting in eight major cities and 16 provincial capitals,” Hamidreza Kazemi, the head of a special parliamentary board in charge of overseeing the city council elections, was quoted as saying by IRNA.
The elections are scheduled for June 18, concurrent with the presidential polls. The parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections will be held on the same day in some provinces where vacant seats are up for midterm elections.
According to Kazemi, electronic voting will not take place in the capital of Tehran where voters can cast a ballot in all four elections, making a first-time e-polling a challenging task to handle in the metropolis.
Iran has been attempting to conduct electronic voting for years without success, as officials blamed security concerns for the years-long delays. 
Iranian city councils are in charge of electing the mayor, supervising the municipality and approving its budget. Overall, there are 39,575 councilor seats in 1,245 cities, 1,057 counties and 2,589 villages.

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints