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Why Iran’s City Council Elections Matter

City council elections in Iran are important amid the nation's upcoming presidential elections.
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A man fills in his ballot during Iran's parliamentary election at a mosque in southern Tehran March 2, 2012. Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's power over rival hardliners led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.   REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi  (IRAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR2YQMD

On June 14, Iranians will not only cast their votes for president, but they will also be electing more than 126,000 provincial, city, district, and village council members in cities and villages throughout the country. These elected officials play a key role in planning and managing policies that directly impact the lives of their constituents in each municipality.

Regime officials have deliberately scheduled the city council elections on the same day as the presidential election in order to increase election turnout; this is an outcome that the Islamic Republic greatly desires.

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