Iran is expected to see a high voter turnout in the upcoming presidential and local councils elections, surveys conducted in a number of Iranian universities have revealed.
University professors are unanimous that Iranians have been encouraged to vote in the June elections in which reformists, Principlists and independents would vie for the presidency and councils.
â€œWe predict a high turnout. People know what they want. They will vote for the one whoâ€™s fit to run the country for the next four years,â€ university lecturer, Abbas Abbas-Zadeh, told Press TV.
Mahmoud Shahbari, also a lecturer, noted that the upcoming presidential election is sensitive because the enemies of the Islamic Republic are sparing no efforts to bring about voter apathy.
â€œVoter turnout will be higher. This election is far more important than the previous ones,â€ said Professor Mohammad Rouhi.
More than 20 political figures have expressed interest in competing in the Islamic Republicâ€™s upcoming presidential election. Hopefuls can register from May 7 to 11.
The local councils elections are scheduled to be held on June 14, concurrent with Iranâ€™s 11th presidential election.
Hopefuls must be vetted by Iranâ€™s Guardian Council for qualifications, after which the names of the qualified candidates will be announced on May 18.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.
The city and village Islamic councils are local establishments that are elected by public vote in all cities and villages across Iran. Council members in each city or village are elected for a four-year term.
The councils are tasked with helping the countryâ€™s social, economic, cultural and educational advancement by encouraging public cooperation.