Alireza Jafarzadeh provides a brief on Tehran's failed elections

Stunning Low Turnout in Iran’s Engineered Elections

BEHIND THE IRAN HEADLINES Series, March 6, 2024, Alireza Jafarzadeh, NCRI-US Deputy Director

Less than a week after the crushing blow dealt to Iran’s faltering regime following the historic boycott of the March 1 sham elections, the devastating fallout is already being uttered by the regime’s ultimate insiders and media outlets.

The Social Headquarters of the main opposition, MEK, reports from inside Iran that, based on continuous monitoring of 1,941 polling stations nationwide, the March 1 turnout was barely over 8% of the eligible voters.

Meanwhile, even by the heavily inflated figures released by the regime’s Ministry of the Interior, the staggering scale of the unprecedented boycott in major cities, particularly in Tehran, is becoming more evident.

According to official figures, the votes for the first-place candidate in Tehran were less than half of those for the first-place candidate in 2020. The Bahar News website reported on March 3, “More than 500,000 blank votes were cast in Tehran.”

The editor-in-chief of the Fars news agency, affiliated with the IRGC, wrote in an unprecedented admission, “The election turnout was 18% lower than the average of previous parliamentary elections.”

The still-influential former head of Parliament’s Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, said, “The election result is a failure, not a victory.”

Farhikhtegan newspaper, affiliated with Ali Akbar Velayati, the top advisor to the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, described the low turnout of the elections as a “crisis of legitimacy” for the regime.

The regime has come to realize that despite a year-long, exhaustive effort, directly supervised by Ali Khamenei, to engineer the March 1 elections to claim legitimacy in the aftermath of the 2022 uprising, the people of Iran unequivocally voiced a BIG NO as a prelude to more uprisings to come. A free Iran, indeed, is in sight.



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