As Iran is preparing to hold the next presidential election in June 2013, many analysts and left-wing politicians have criticized the policies of Islamic Republic about elections. Accordingly Iranian government and the related organizations don’t approve major figures of reformists for presidential election race. “Free and Fair Election” is the slogan of opposition parties but Islamic Republic’s authorities deny these comments.
Ms. Eshrat Shayegh, a former parliamentarian, has commented on this subject. “The enemies of Islamic Republic have tried hard to make people against the local government and the whole system in last 30 years. Western countries imposed an eight year war against Iranians and Iraqi monarch, Saddam Hussein, helped them in this way. By implementing these forces on Iranians, they never lost their hopes and people always support Islamic Republic.”
“Unfortunately several politicians have talked about next presidential election in our country and censured Islamic Republic laws. They should avoid from making comments against the system because these speeches make enemies happy. The Revolution has meant the phrase of Democracy and Iranians understand this fact.” Eshrat Shayegh, the former representative of Tabriz city in Iran’s Majlis added.
Mohammad Khatami, Mehdi Karoubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani have called for holding a free and fair election in Iran. These politicians believe the Iranian government had manipulated the results of the previous election where Ahmadinejad defeated other reformist nominees.
According to reports, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is going to “engineer” the upcoming elections as it was revealed by top commanders of Quds force.