US, UK plotting to prevent mass turnout in Iran vote: Lawmaker
“In this election, we are faced with extensive plots by the enemies of the Islamic Republic, especially the US and Britain, to reduce participation of people and mar the electoral process,” Chairman of Iran Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said on Friday.
He added that Washington and London are attempting to disrupt the election because the vote is yet another chance for Iranians to demonstrate their national resolve.
Boroujerdi stated that massive turnout will strengthen Iran’s international position, foil anti-Iran policies of arrogant powers, and force them to reconsider their attitude toward Iran.
Iran is bracing for its 11th presidential election scheduled for June 14, when Iranians will attend over 66,000 polling stations across the country. Expatriates can also cast their ballots at 285 polling stations to be set up overseas.
Earlier this week, Iran Interior Ministry issued the list of eight candidates to run in the presidential race after they were approved by the Guardian Council — a constitutional supervisory body tasked with vetting hopefuls for candidacy and confirming election results.
The approved candidates include MP Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, President of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi, and former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.
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