Thursday , 29 July 2021

Election 2021: Raeesi Wins; “Invalid” Votes Come Second

Iranwire – Preliminary results of the 2021 presidential election in Iran showed Ebrahim Raeesi leading with at least 17.8 million votes out of 28.6 million so-far verified votes.

Jamal Orf, the head of the country’s election headquarters, announced at midday on Saturday, June 19, that more than 90 percent of the votes cast on Friday had now been counted.

Conservative frontrunner Ebrahim Raeesi received more than 17.8 million votes, followed by IRGC commander Mohsen Rezaei with 3.3 million votes, reformist and ex-Central Bank governor Abdolnasser Hemmati with a little over 2.4 million votes, and Amirhossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi with about one million votes.

However, a massive proportion of the votes – more than 4.1 million at this stage of the count – were declared to have been invalid. Earlier on Friday there had been multiple allegations of ballot-stuffing, votes being mis-stamped and breakdowns to the electronic voting system.

By noon on Sunday Ebrahim Raeesi had 62 percent of the votes cast by a little under half of the Iranian electorate. His rival candidates had conceded and congratulated him on his win before this announcement was made.