MEK: Boycott Iran’s Sham Election
Last month, the Guardian Council of the Iranian dictatorship announced the final candidate list for the 18 June fraudulent presidential election. Despite the fact that around 600 people had registered with the Interior Ministry, only seven people were authorised by the 12-member panel responsible for assessing candidates to verify that they agree with the regime’s supreme leader’s wishes.
Khamenei preference for Raisi
The regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, for example, promptly approved the Council’s decision, putting his favoured candidate, Ebrahim Raisi, in a race with six minor figures. Raisi has been largely believed to be the regime’s future President since then.
In a speech on Friday, Khamenei, on the other hand, stated that some of the rejected candidates had been treated unfairly.
Rejected candidates had been treated unfairly
“Some candidates were wronged. They were accused of untrue things that were unfortunately spread throughout the internet too. Protecting people’s honour is one of the most important issues.
I call on the responsible bodies to restore their honour,” he remarked, alluding to former parliament speaker Ali Larijani, in a televised speech.
Widespread boycott of the election
Khamenei is becoming increasingly vulnerable as a result of a widespread boycott of the election and impending protests. Khamenei made this remark to retain the devotion of his closest allies, including Ali Larijani, who had been disqualified by the Guardian Council, by hinting those allegations against them and their family members were false.
In the weeks running up to the final ballot announcement, Khamenei has made no secret of his preference for Raisi to be the next President. He has made his preference known after appointing the notorious hanging judge as to the judiciary chief in 2019.
Astan-e Quds Razavi
Before taking over the judiciary, Raisi spent years as the director of the so-called religious organisation Astan-e Quds Razavi.
Astan-e Quds Razavi has vast financial resources, which it routinely employs to encourage terrorism and disseminate false information in the region and around the world.
As a result of Khamenei’s personal appointment, this as well. Raisi has never been elected, but he has slowly climbed through the ranks of the state as a reward for his role in suppressing dissent and solidifying the theocratic system’s power structure.
Raisi was a member of the death commission
Raisi was a member of the Tehran “death commission” in 1988, which was responsible for the execution of thousands of political detainees, the majority of them were members of Iran’s most prominent pro-democracy opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Over 30,000 people are reported to have died as a result of the genocide, and Raisi is arguably to blame for the vast majority of deaths, as well as for continuing to use brutal tactics over the next three decades.
The regime’s commitment to ruthless
The regime’s commitment to ruthless repression can be understood as both the source and the outcome of Raisi’s selection as an instrument of Khamenei’s aim to consolidate hard-line rule. Because of his shown loyalty to the supreme authority, the Guardian Council had no doubts about his acceptance.
The MEK warned of an expected increase of the regime’s harsh actions following Raisi’s elections “victory.”
National election boycott
The MEK has called for a national election boycott on 18 June. The MEK’s “Resistance Units” have held marches and displayed slogans in hundreds of public places across the country, usually accompanied by photos of The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) president-elect Mrs Maryam Rajavi, urging people to “vote for regime change” by boycotting the election.