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2009 Presidential Election

Because of the controversies ensuing in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential elections, we provide more detailed information here than on the other elections. Data in this category include election data, statements made by various individuals and institutions regarding the elections, and the post-election indictments. 


Date of Election 12 June 2009
Number of Eligible Voters 46,199,997
Number of Actual Voters 39,371,214
Voter Turnout (%) 85.21
Number of Candidates Registered to Run 475
Number of Candidates Allowed to Run (1) 4
Percentage of Candidates Allowed to Run 0.84%
Election Winner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Number and Percentage of Votes Received by Winner 24,592,793 (63.1%)
First Runner-Up Seyyed Mir-Hossein Mousavi
First Runner-Up Number and Percentage of Votes Received 13,338,121 (34,2%)
Margin of Victory by the Winner 28.9%
Names and Votes of Other Candidates

Mohsen Rezai, 681,851 (1.75%)
Mehdi Karroubi, 338,278 (0.87%)

Invalid Votes 420,171

Sources:

http://www.tabnak.ir/fa/pages/?cid=5191
The data published by the Ministry of Interior (http://www.moi.ir) was accessed on 16 June 2009 and is no longer available on the website of the Ministry. See Election Data under the 2009 Presidential Election for detailed election results. 

Notes:

The announced election results led to complaints and urban unrest as Mousavi and Karroubi accused the government of voter fraud. 

There is no public data on the number of female candidates who submitted their candidacy.

(1) Candidates submitting their candidacy are first vetted by the Ministry of Interior and then by the Guardian Council. The number we show under `candidates allowed to run` represents the number of candidates allowed to run after the vetting processes by both the Ministry of Interior and the Guardian Council are completed.

Breakdown of Votes Based on Province

Province  Eligible Voters   Votes  Turnout (percent)
East Azerbaijan  2,461,553  2,010,379 81.67
West Azerbaijan  1,883,144  1,334,443 70.86
Ardabil  804,881  642,004 79.76
Esfahan  2,987,946  2,637,505 88.27
Ilam  357,687  312,667 87.41
Bushehr  580,822  493,989 85.05
Tehran  8,796,466  7,525,153 85.55
Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari  562,238  495,808 88.18
South Khorasan   467,084  383,157 82.03
Razavi Khorasan   3,665,469  3,181,981 86.81
North Khorasan   531,870  464,000 87.24
Khuzestan  2,801,644  2,038,969 72.78
Zanjan  632,160  585,721 92.65
Semnan  436,492  383,308 87.82
Sistan and Baluchestan  1,306,624  982,920 75.23
Fars  2,842,209  2,523,463 88.79
Qazvin  749,205  692,358 92.41
Qom  655,988  599,040 91.32
Kurdistan  943,818  610,756 64.71
Kerman  1,738,280  1,520,140 87.45
Kermanshah  1,231,672  983,742 79.87
Kohgiluyeh and Buyer Ahmad  415,694  367,973 88.52
Golestan  1,059,769  880,443 83.08
Gilan  1,576,046  1,485,714 94.27
Lorestan  1,124,940  964,025 85.7
Mazandaran  1,915,240  1,919,838 100.24
Markazi  885,557  785,961 88.75
Hormozgan  919,908  756,805 82.27
Hamadan  1,256,250  1,019,169 81.13
Yazd  609,341  609,856 100.08
Iran (total)  46,199,997

 39,371,214

(including Iranians abroad)

85.22

Breakdown of Votes for Each Candidate Based on Province

Province  Ahmadinejad   Rezai  Karroubi Mousavi Invalid Votes
Ardabil 325911 6578 2319 302825 4372
East Azerbaijan 1131111 16920 7246 837858 17205
West Azerbaijan 623946 12199 21609 656508 20094
Bushehr 299357 7608 3563 177268 6193
Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari 359578 22689 4127 106099 2953
Fars 1758026 23871 16277 706764 18362
Golestan 515211 5987 10097 325806 12352
Gilan 998573 12022 7183 453806 11674
Hamadan 765723 13117 12032 218481 9816
Hormozgan 482990 7237 5126 271988 5683
Ilam 199654 5221 7471 96826 3495
Esfahan 1799255 51788 14579 746697 25163
Kerman 1160446 12016 4977 318250 10125
Kermanshah 573568 11258 10798 374188 13610
North Khorasan 341104 4129 2478 113218 3072
Razavi Khorasan 2214801 44809 13561 884570 24249
South Khorasan 285984 3962 928 90363 1920
Khuzestan 1303129 139124 15934 552636 28022
Kohgiluyeh and Buyer Ahmad 253962 8542 4274 98937 2992
Kordestan 315689 7140 13862 261772 12293
Lorestan 677829 14920 44036 219156 8329
Mazandaran 1289257 19587 10050 585373 15571
Markazi 572988 10057 4675 190349 7892
Qazvin 498061 7978 2690 177542 6084
Qom 422457 16297 2314 148467 9505
Semnan 295177 4440 2147 77754 3790
Sistan and Baluchestan 450269 6616 12504 507946 5585
Tehran 3819495 147487 67334 3371523 115701
Yazd 337178 8406 2565 255799 5908
Zanjan 444480 7276 2223 126561 5181