The Iranian authorities report turnouts of 64 percent nationwide and 48 percent in Tehran in the elections for the Ninth Majlis.
In Tehran, with one-third of ballots counted, the ruling United Principlist Front (UPF) and the ultraconservative Resistance Front (RF) candidates are in the lead, with their top candidates capturing 28 and 27 percent of the votes respectively. Only a single candidate not belonging to the two groups, Ali Motahari of the Voice of Nation, is among the top vote getters expected to be elected from Tehran.
Qolam-Ali Hadad Adel, a former speaker of Majlis and Ayatollah Khamenei’s political confidant (whose daughter is married to Khamenei’s son), and who was supported by both UPF and RF, is leading in Tehran with 405,053 votes, or 46 percent of the votes counted. UPF’s top candidate, Hojatoleslam Mohammad Hassan Abutorabi, is at second place with 245,806 or 28 percent, and RF’s top candidate, Morteza Agha-Tehrani, is third with 238,081 or 27 percent.
Ali Motahari, the top candidate in the Voice of Nation list, is at the eighth place with 153,212 votes or 17 percent of the votes counted so far.