MEK Iran: Boycotting the Election
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the Iranian regime’s sham presidential election, the government is set to make it even easier for Ebrahim Raisi, the supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s favorite candidate, to become the regime’s next president.
A presidential candidate announced his retirement
Alireza Zakani, a presidential candidate, announced his retirement from the election on Wednesday in favor of Raisi. Zakani said during an interview with the regime’s state-run television network, “Given the welcome that Ayatollah Raisi has received, I see him as more qualified than I am.
I will vote for him and hope that with him, there will be fundamental reforms in the country.”
A prominent figure of the 1988 massacre
It’s interesting to note that Raisi was a prominent figure in the massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. He is widely despised by the public and is known as the “henchman of 1988.” Activists and dissidents have been executed, arrested, and tortured more frequently as a result of Raisi’s “reforms” during his recent tenure as head of the court.
Thousands of demonstrators were arrested and transferred to jails during Raisi’s reign, where they were subjected to barbaric torture. Many political prisoners were executed by Raisi’s judiciary, notably Navid Afkari and Mohsen Salehi.
The US Treasury sanctioned Raisi
In 2019, the US Treasury sanctioned Raisi “for his administrative oversight over the executions of individuals who were juveniles at the time of their crime, as well as the torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in Iran,” as per President Donald Trump.
Zakani is directly related to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), a military force that exclusively responds to Khamenei and has quasi-control over Iran’s economy, military, security, and international terrorism activities.
Cover candidates resigned
Zakani resigned when 210 Majlis (parliament) members demanded that Zakani, Amirhossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, Mohsen Rezaee, and Saeed Jalili resign in support of Raisi. It’s worth remembering that during the televised debates in recent weeks, other contenders used these five as “cover candidates” for Raisi.
Mohsen Mehralizad, another false presidential contender, announced his retirement from the campaign shortly before Zakani. In a letter to the interior ministry, Mehralizad announced his resignation.
Low voter participation
Following the announcement on Tuesday by Jamal Orf, the head of the election staff, that voter turnout would be very low, the regime’s state-run media warned against recognizing low voter participation.
In this context, the IRGC-run Tasnim News Agency published an article on Wednesday., “Jamal Orf, the chief of staff of national elections declared yesterday in a press briefing that based on polls, 37-47 percent of the people will participate in the June 18 election. These remarks by the chief of staff of the elections are irresponsible and shocking because foreign media and opposition groups are trying to dissuade the voter turnout.”
Widespread campaign inside Iran
The warning comes while there’s a widespread campaign inside Iran in which many people are declaring their utter contempt for the regime and their intention to boycott the elections.
Even a poll from the state-run Iranian Student Polling Agency puts turnout on track to be the lowest since the 1979 Revolution.