Iran’s election results in numbers

An Iranian casts a ballot during a general election.

TEHRAN:The interior ministry on Sunday published a final breakdown of the results of Iran’s presidential election. Here are some key figures:

* Some 36.7 million voters out of a total 50.5 million people eligible took part in Friday’s presidential election, a turnout of 72.7% compared with 85% in 2009.

* Hassan Rouhani, a moderate cleric and former top nuclear negotiator, won the election outright, garnering 18.6 million votes, or 50.68% of ballots cast.

* Conservative Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf came second with 6.07 million votes, or 16.55%.

* Current chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, a conservative close to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, picked up 4.16 million votes, or 11.3%.

* Mohsen Rezai, the former head of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, came in next with 3.88 million votes, or 10.5%.

* The other two candidates, former foreign minister Akbar Velayati and former minister Mohammad Gharazi, failed to clear the 10% mark, collecting only 2.68 million votes (7.3%) and 446,000 votes (1.2%) respectively.

* Around 1.25 million ballots were spoiled or left unmarked.

By The Times of India


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