MEK Iran: Low Voter Turnout
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the biggest concern among Iranian officials these days is a popular boycott of the upcoming presidential election on June 18.
Mullahs regime make every effort to get people to the polls
Aspirants, regardless of their political affiliations, make every effort to get people to the polls. They see no limit to deceiving Iranians, from making false promises to breaking censorship regulations and even exceeding the Islamic Republic’s redlines.
These efforts suggest that the authorities foresee a period of historical disinterest and that the Islamists are losing social legitimacy. Nonetheless, throughout their nationwide uprisings, the Iranian people had already proclaimed that neither reformists nor hardliners can be trusted. Protesters screamed slogans such as “Reformists, hardliners, the game is over.”
Reformists, hardliners, the game is over
“I believe that the words ‘reformists, hardliners, the game are over are becoming increasingly popular. This recurrence demonstrates that the chant is well-known among Iranians, according to sociologist Sadeq Zibakalam.
“If the Islamic Republic were a tree, after 40 years, one of the fruits would be the hardline manifesto, and the other would be reformism. Both of them had given up. They’ve both reached the end of their rope. They’ve both lost their credibility.”
Mullah’s lobbies in the West
However, critics claim that Tehran’s lobbies in the West and supporters of the appeasement strategy deceive the international community to serve their own goals. Indeed, they are seeking to restore the old strategy of “reformists versus hardliners” in ways that benefit from their person and factions.
Sina Toossi, a senior research analyst with Tehran’s Washington, D.C.-based lobby group NIAC, for example, promotes such misleading ideas in support of “reformists.” Indeed, he is effectively running a propaganda campaign for ‘reformists,’ despite the fact that ‘moderate’ President Hassan Rouhani was directly involved in the November 2019 mass killings of protesters, economic failures and the stock market devastation in Tehran, executions of hundreds of people, including political activists, women, and juvenile offenders, and terror activities in the United States and Europe.
People, don’t give a damn about hardliners or reformists
He continued, “The new generation, educated people, intellectuals, cultured and elite people, don’t give a damn about hardliners or reformists.”
Furthermore, in an interview with the Entekhab website on May 31, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, the former Speaker of the Majlis and counselor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, dismissed any link between public involvement and Guardian Council disqualifications.
“Did you have 80% participation before the qualifications were announced, leading you to blame the Guardian Council for the low participation?” He said, according to Entekhab.
Non-participation or low participation
Four days later, Khamenei’s representative and Friday Imam in the provinces of Sough, Kohgiluyeh, and Boyer-Ahmad blamed the Guardian Council’s low participation on those who criticize it.
“Today, some bring up and promote the issue of low participation… “Disqualifications are not the cause of non-participation or low participation,” he said on June 4, according to the Fars news agency.
People have shown their displeasure with the entire regime
The main reason for the people’s disinterest, contrary to misinformation provided by Tehran’s international media, is not the Guardian Council’s disqualifications. The truth is that Iranian people have shown their displeasure with the entire Islamic Republic regime. They openly voice their dissatisfaction with the current political system.
Ongoing protests in Iran, as well as nationwide protests
They have lost faith in the ruling system, which has only delivered them oppression, corruption, poverty, terrorism, and international isolation. This is borne out by ongoing protests in Iran, as well as nationwide protests in December 2017-January 2018, August 2018, November 2019, and January 2020. Indeed, popular disinterest is the polar opposite of anti-regime demonstrations, which have shaken the theocracy’s foundations to their core.