Massive Armenian Turnout in Iran Elections

TEHRAN (Alik)–The large Iranian-Armenian Community of the Islamic Republic of Iran took part in the country’s parliamentary elections in large numbers–marking the sixth ever parliamentary vote of the Islamic Republic a historical occasion. The Feb. 18 elections–according to official estimates–resulted in a 75 percent participation of the country’s eligible voters. The Iranian-Armenian community is represented in the Islamic Parliament or Majlis by two representatives seats–and the candidates for the seats in the elections were Dr. Levon Davitian and Georgik Abrahamian. Iranian-Armenian community turned out to vote in massive numbers in various regions of the country. According to semi-official sources–candidate for the Tehran and northern portion of the country Davitian has garnered some 70 percent of the overall vote. The 18 Armenian voting centers set up in Tehran–three of which were mobile centers collecting votes in the outlying areas of Bumehen and Karaj–as well as in convalescent homes–resulted in a record number ballots cast. With the voting deadline set at 7 p.m. on election day–officials were forced to extend the poll closing time to 9 p.m. to accommodate more voters..Northern Iran Prelate Bishop Sebouh Sargsian visited a number of the voting centers including all of the city’s large churches–as well as Ararat and Tunian Armenian schools–and the Charmahal Cultural Center.

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