election FAQ

Elections in Iran: 2017 Presidential and Municipal Elections


On May 19, Iranians will go to the polls to elect their next president and members of city and village councils. If no candidate receives a majority (50% plus one) in the presidential election, the top two candidates will compete in a runoff election. The presidential election will be closely watched around the world, with implications for a number of important global issues.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Iran: 2017 Presidential and Municipal Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • What is the Guardian Council, and what is its mandate in Iran’s electoral process?
  • What electoral system is used in Iran?
  • Who can stand as a presidential candidate?
  • What are the rules for campaigning?