After Gholamali Haddad Adel, the top conservative parliamentary candidate in Tehran, accused the administration of interfering in the election process, the interior ministry rejected the accusations and said no evidence has been provided to back such allegations.

Gholamali Haddad Adel

Gholamali Haddad Adel

In a meeting of the Conservative Coalition on Thursday April 29, Haddad Adel said there is evidence of the administration’s interference in the elections across the country, which according to him has become the pretext for further interference in the second round of elections.

Conservative candidates all across the country and especially in the capital lost in most ridings in the first round of elections on February 26.

Haddad Adel said the reformists have been trying to say that they were the winners of the February elections; however, he said that in his assessment they were not because “Tehran is not all of the country”.

All of the candidates endorsed by reformists in Tehran won seats in parliament.

The second round of elections is taking place today, April 29, and the campaigns of many reformist and moderate candidates have been thwarted in the past week by attacks from conservative forces.