Elections in the Islamic Republic are neither fair nor free, but unlike Iraq under Saddam Hussein the Iranian leadership usually manages to manipulate the elections in a very sophisticated and elegant way in an attempt to portray itself as an Islamic democracy. The 2009 presidential election however was not an exercise in sophistication and elegance.
We provide here historical data on the Iranian election, including the below election night updates and continuous campaign news coverage. In this section, we also have data on:
The Islamic Republic of Iran will hold its 10th presidential election on June 12, 2009. On May 21, the Guardian Council will select the candidates allowed to run for office, leaving three weeks for candidates to campaign.
IranTracker provides a summary of the most important debate in the Iranian election, and provides here a transcript of the debate.
On June 12, 2009, Iranians will cast their ballots in the Islamic Republic's tenth presidential election. Elections provide a patina of democratic legitimacy to the Islamic Republic, one upon which supporters of engagement often seize. RAND scholar James Dobbins, for example, has said that "after Israel and Turkey, Iran is the most democratic nation in the Middle East." And Richard Armitage, while still deputy secretary of state in the George W.
In the U.S., individuals can run for president as long as they are over the age of 35 and are natural-born U.S. citizens. In Iran, however, an unelected body known as the Guardian Council [see here for more information on how the Council works] handpicks a small group of candidates out of a large number of applicants. Only those with the Council's imprimatur can then campaign and compete for the presidency.