Guardian Council confirms result of Iran’s 12th presidential election

Press TV- Iran’s Interior Ministry says the Guardian Council has confirmed the result of the country’s 12th presidential election, which saw President Hassan Rouhani reelected for another four years in office.

Guardian Council is the body responsible for overseeing elections and confirming their results in Iran.

“Minutes ago, the Guardian Council’s letter on the confirmation of the validity of the 12th presidential election was received,” Interior Ministry Spokesman Salman Samani said on Tuesday.

In the letter, Secretary of the Guardian Council Ahmad Jannati announced that the body had received and examined reports and complaints and ultimately verified the poll’s overall result, he added.

He said the 12-member supervisory body had received complaints of irregularities in the electoral activities before the election and on the day of voting on May 19 and added that some of them have been sent to judicial bodies for more investigation.

An Iranian woman casts her ballot for the presidential election at a polling station in Tehran on May 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

President Rouhani, a pro-reform candidate, won a resounding reelection victory with 23,549,616 votes or 57 percent of the total ballots. His main rival in the four-man race, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, a principlist, secured 15,786,449 votes or 38.5 percent of the ballots. Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, the other two candidates, received 478,215 and 215,450 votes respectively.

Turnout was registered at over 73 percent.

Six candidates had been approved after vetting by the Guardian Council to run in the election. In the final days of campaigning, however, two of the candidates, namely First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri and Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, withdrew from the race in favor of President Rouhani and Raeisi, respectively.