The Problem

International elections monitors were barred from observing the Iranian 2013 Presidential Election. At the same time, Iran’s government continued its crackdown on civil society, which intensified after the disputed 2009 presidential elections.

Users had no independent elections process monitor.

The Solution

Live observation of the 2013 Iranian Presidential election, accessible in Iran through the use of circumvention technology, combined with a platform that enabled Iranians in the country to report electoral violations. This included a wide variety of educational materials on the electoral process, helping citizens hold their government more accountable.

Censored in region?

Yes / No


The Elections Monitoring Centre (EMC) was a special project hosted by the Munk School during the 2013 Iranian Presidential Election. The EMC provided live reporting and analysis of the Iranian election, which was broadcast into the country using circumvention technology. The purpose of the project was to provide an external, independent, source of reporting for the 2013 Presidential election.

Users were also provided with accessible electoral educational and analytical tools. To this end, an enhanced election map was created, breaking down the election results district-by-district, as well as providing a brief history of previous elections. An e-learning module was also released, anchoring the addition of an accountability section on the Nabz-Iran website.



Impressions during 5-day Election Cycle
Site Visits from Inside Iran

Developed with

ASL19 provided the onsite digital research support for this project. ASL19, Farsi for Article 19, is an interdisciplinary technology and research lab working to build solutions for access to information challenges such as censorship and surveillance.

Nabz-Iran is a secure platform for amplifying Iranian voices, and provides resources and training materials to help Iranians advocate for greater accountability and related reforms.

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) provided elections analysis. NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

Psiphon Inc. is a Toronto-based company producing award winning open-source multi-platform circumvention software that helps over 3 million people every week connect to content on the Internet.