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Reformists give recommendations for second round of voting

Apr 07 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Iran’s reformists report that they are endorsing 52 candidates in the second round of parliamentary elections next month.

Al Sufi, a spokesman for the group, told the Shargh daily on Wednesday April 6: “In some ridings we are not endorsing anyone; in others we are endorsing reformists or independent candidates, and in a very few cases, we are supporting the moderate conservative.”

He said only four moderate conservatives are being endorsed by the reformists in the second round.

Isfahan candidate disqualified despite voter support

Mar 22 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Nasim Online reported on Tuesday March 22 that Minoo Khaleghi, a leading candidate in Isfahan, was disqualified by the Guardian Council. Her name had been on the list of candidates endorsed by reformists.

According to the report, the fifth representative from Isfahan will therefore be elected in a by-election.

Khaleghi, 31, is an environmental activist, has a master’s degree in communications law and is pursuing a PhD degree in general law.

According to the final results issued by the elections office, Khaleghi was in third place among the Isfahan candidates.

Iran’s Guardian Council validates results for Experts Assembly elections

Mar 17 2016
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iran’s Guardian Council, which oversees elections and legislation, has validated the results for last month’s Assembly of Experts elections.

In a letter to the Interior Ministry on Thursday, Iran’s top supervisory and vetting body confirmed the results of the February Assembly of Experts elections for all constituencies across the country.

On February 26, Iranians went to the polls in twin elections to choose members of the Majlis (Parliament) and Assembly of Experts.

Results of electoral complaints due soon: Iranian official

Mar 15 2016
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iran’s Guardian Council, which oversees elections and legislation, has reportedly addressed electoral complaints weeks after the country’s double elections, confirming a healthy voting process at dozens of the constituencies in question.

Siyamak Rahpeyk, the spokesman for Iran’s Central Elections Supervising Committee, said Monday that “so far [the results of] more that 100 constituencies have been reviewed by the Guardian Council and the election process [there] has been validated.”

Elections Disqualified Vote-Rigging Claims: Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks in meeting with top clerics

Mar 14 2016
Iran
Source: 
Iranian Diplomacy

Nearly a fortnight after the elections held on February 27, Iran’s Supreme Leader commented on the Assembly of Experts’ election in a meeting with members, who had just attended their last summit before the new assembly takes over, on Tuesday in Tehran.

Voting day set for second round of parliamentary election

Mar 14 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

The head of Iran’s Elections Office announced that voting in ridings that went into the second round of the election will be held on April 29.

Ali Pourali reported that the ministry of interior and the Guardian Council have agreed on the date.

Iranians went to the polls on February 26 to elect parliamentary representatives, and in a number of ridings, candidates went into the second round of the election.

Former president presses Rohani on detained opposition leaders

Mar 09 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Former Iranian president and prominent reformist figure Mohammad Khatami has urged the Rohani government to honour its election promises, adding that the country’s security-laden atmosphere does not befit the Iranian people.

In a meeting with his advisers on Tuesday March 8, 2016, Khatami highlighted the role of MirHosein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi in the recent parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections.

Intelligence minister calls for massive turnout in upcoming elections

Feb 10 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Feb 9, IRNA – Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi here on Tuesday called for massive turnout in the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections on February 26, 2016.

Speaking in a gathering attended by university chancellors and professors, Alavi said Iranian people would speak to people across the globe while casting their ballots in the elections.

‘All of us have duty to safeguard the country from the evil eyes during the elections,’ he added.

High turnout in elections to disappoint enemies: Iran’s judiciary chief

Feb 10 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on Tuesday called for massive participation of Iranians in the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts polls due to be held later this month, saying a high turnout would guarantee the Islamic Establishment.

“The significance of the (Iranian) Establishment hinges on people’s presence and their votes,” Ayatollah Amoli Larijani said, after paying tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini here in Tehran.

Leader encourages large turnout in elections

Feb 09 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Feb 8, IRNA – The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that large turnout of people in the upcoming elections will increase the country and system’s glory and power and will neutralize enemy plots.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with the commanders and staff of the Army Air Force on the occasion of Air Force Day.

Rouhani urges all to take part in votes under any circumstances

Feb 07 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Feb 7, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani urged the nation to take part in the upcoming elections in Iran under any circumstances.

Addressing a gathering on women, development and moderation here Sunday, the President regretted that the country was presently suffering from extremism from both ends.

He said extremism takes its roots not from violence but from minds.

The President further noted that many of the problems in the present world are also rooted in extremism because certain people know nothing but extremist practices.

Iran elections need no international monitoring: MP

Feb 07 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

A senior Iranian lawmaker slams a request by three US lawmakers for visas to Iran to monitor the upcoming elections, saying polls in the Islamic Republic need no international monitoring.

“Elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran need no international oversight and in case of any need (to monitoring) , that (monitor) will definitely not be the United States,” Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi told IRIB news on Saturday.

Iran body reverses ban on 1500 election candidates

Feb 06 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s constitutional watchdog, the Guardian Council, has reversed a ban on 1,500 candidates who had registered to run in Feb. 26 parliamentary elections.

 

State TV on Saturday said that says a list of approved candidates has been conveyed to Iran’s Interior Ministry.

The council, which is responsible for vetting candidates, had disqualified a large number of moderates, but it’s not clear how many of the approved candidates are considered to be reformists.

Rafsanjani’s controversial remarks on Iran’s elections cause a stir

Feb 03 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

On February 1, the former Iranian president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani directed harsh criticism at the country’s Guardian Council. He made his remarks in defense of Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. The Council had earlier excluded him from running for the upcoming Assembly of Experts election. His comments have drawn widespread attention from the Iranian media and news websites.

High turnout in elections to further raise Iran’s Int’l status: Larijani

Feb 03 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani highlighted the significance of the upcoming elections given the situation in the Middle East region, saying that high turnout in the voting can further promote the country’s international position.

Speaking in an open session of the parliament on Wednesday, Larijani pointed to the parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections due to be held later this month, saying that in the “disturbed security situation” of the region, holding competitive and glorious elections is of high importance.

Rafsanjani: A sound and impartial election will be source of proud for nation

Jan 31 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Jan 30, IRNA – Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Saturday that setting up a sound and unbiased election will bring proud for the country.

The vital fact in the upcoming election is that all parties should avoid passing over their rivals and no specific group should be backed by any individual or party, he said.

Elections guarantee system’s long-life, religious democracy

Jan 29 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Jan 29, IRNA – Provisional Friday Prayers Imam of Tehran Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi said in his 1st sermon elections not only guarantee system’s long life, but also safeguard it religious democracy aspect.

‘Participation in the elections is both a right and an opportunity to create a national epic and block the path for the penetration of the enemy,’ he added.

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