Inspection teams fully monitoring electoral process: Interior Minister
One week before Iranians are expected to head to the polls for the country’s 11th parliamentary elections, the interior minister says inspection teams assigned by the ministry are comprehensively monitoring the electoral process against any potential fraudulent activity.
The observer teams have been watchful of the candidates’ electoral engagement and the behavior of those associated with them over the past month, Abdol-Reza Rahmani-Fazli told reporters in Tehran on Thursday, IRNA reported.
“So far, there have not been many reports pointing to fraudulent activity,” he added.
The minister noted that the nominees had launched their campaigns on Thursday, adding, “The report that has been delivered to me until now points to decent security of the electoral environment.”
The minister hoped that the elections remain untainted by fraud, urging all the participating elements to act “exactly” in accordance with the relevant legal principles.
Those eligible to vote, he added, number more than 57 million.
Rahmani-Fazli also said the ministry had proposed two Fridays in the first month of the next year on the solar calendar for a potential run-up that would take place if the elections head into a second round. It has notified the Guardian Council of those dates, and is prepared to hold any such second round on whatever date that is approved of by the top supervisory and vetting body.
Iran is to hold the parliamentary elections on February 21 to appoint lawmakers to its 11th Majlis (Parliament) since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.