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Iran’s elections not free and fair: US State Dept

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The spokesperson of the US State Department has remarked that there is no expectation for the upcoming elections in Iran to be free and fair.

Matthew Miller added that the world knows that Iran’s political system, administrative, judicial, and electoral, is undemocratic and non-transparent.

He further added that thousands of candidates for the Iranian parliamentary elections have been disqualified in a dubious process.

The elections for the Iranian Parliament and Assembly of Experts commenced at 8 AM local time in Tehran on Friday, March 1st.

Many Iranian citizens have boycotted the elections, with an anticipated participation rate ranging between 25 to 30%, according to a poll conducted by the “Gaman” institute.

During the voting process, Ayatollah Khamenei addressed those hesitant to participate, stating, “There’s no need for divination in benevolent deeds.”

He advised, “I recommend that people vote in each constituency as needed, not less. For example, in Tehran, there are 30 seats in the parliament, and people should vote for 30 representatives and not fewer.”

In the current elections, voters will select members of the twelfth term of the Islamic Consultative Assembly and the sixth term of the Assembly of Experts in Iran.

The electoral process in Iran has drawn international scrutiny due to concerns over democratic deficiencies and lack of transparency.

Meanwhile,  the Iranian elections are characterized by the disqualification of candidates, citizen boycotts, low anticipated participation rates, and international concerns about the democratic legitimacy of the process.

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