Iran Election Watch wins online news award

Iran Election Watch has won an Online Journalism Award at the annual Online News Association conference in Atlanta. Iran Election Watch has been honored by the ONA in the Planned News/Events, small site category, for the coverage of Iran’s 2013 presidential election. The ONA bestows 29 awards, mostly determined by the size of a news organization, small, medium or large. Iran Election Watch, with its … FULL STORY >>

Profile: Hassan Rowhani

Political moderate Hassan Rowhani has won election to serve as the seventh president of Iran’s Islamic Republic. He won the June 14 presidential election, receiving 18.6 million of the 36.7 million votes cast. FULL STORY

Rafsanjani’s candidacy: No election for old men?

“This country’s hard on people, you can’t stop what’s coming, it ain’t all waiting on you. That’s vanity.” This quote from the movie No Country for Old Men may be just what members of Iran’s powerful Guardian Council are saying behind closed doors. There is widespread anticipation over whether the 79-year Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani will be allowed to run this year for Iran’s presidency. The … FULL STORY >>

What the numbers say about Iran’s presidential hopefuls

With Iran’s presidential election just a month away, hundreds of would-be candidates have now registered to run for office. The Guardian Council, controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader, vets would-be candidates deciding who can stand for election. Since 1981, the Council has barred hundreds of presidential hopefuls from running, and only a small group of candidates have been allowed to run in each of Iran’s subsequent … FULL STORY >>

Spring: A controversial word in Iran’s presidential election campaign

As the spring equinox arrived, as expected on March 20 in Iran, and the Persian New Year – Nowruz – began, one word has already become tremendously politicized, for those who observe the upcoming presidential election: “Spring”. During the past couple of months, the outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters have often used the word “Spring” in their speeches. FULL STORY

Former reformists try to shift Iranian election toward Khatami

[Data Analysis] – Less than three months before Iran’s June presidential election, around 20 candidates have announced their intention to run for office. But, for the first time in the Islamic Republic of Iran, none of these potential candidates represent an obvious “game changer” as the next president. In such an environment, during the past month, several groups of former Reformists have tried to convince … FULL STORY >>