Iran’s Electoral Boycott Movement Gains Increasing Support

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): The government continue to ignore their grievances, and the protestors turn their efforts towards calling for a boycott of the upcoming sham presidential election in June.

With Iran’s fraudulent presidential election now over a month away, a campaign to boycott the election is gaining traction across the nation. In recent weeks, Iranian state media outlets have noted the bleak outlook for voter turnout, with the daily newspaper Sharq reporting that even the “most optimistic estimates” indicate a participation rate of 40 to 60 percent. On the same day, another newspaper, Mostaghel, announced that “without a doubt, 37 percent of eligible voters will not participate.”

If these projections turn to be accurate, the Iranian regime may set a new low participation rate, surpassing the previous low set by parliamentary elections in February of last year. But, more significantly, there are no genuine elections in Iran, and all of the candidates are insiders whose entire careers are predicated on fealty to the theocratic regime and the supreme leader.

The Iranian regime will hold a so-called parliamentary elections on February 21, 2019. This election is very necessary for the regime because after the November 2019 nationwide protests, it needs to rebuild its image internationally.
(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): The forthcoming presidential election will probably not be widely welcomed by Iranian citizens.

This is the driving force behind the boycott campaign, which is headed by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) and Iranian society’s “Resistance units,” as it has been in previous years.

In April alone, these protesting groups held protests in at least 250 cities, as well as posting messages in public spaces urging people to boycott elections as a way of “voting for regime change.” As the nation approaches the final stretch before the fake election, these measures show no signs of slowing down.

Iran: Call for a Boycott
(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Call for a Boycott of the Regime’s Sham Election by MEK Resistance Units.

Furthermore, dissatisfaction with Rouhani’s eight-year administration seems to have intensified the public’s acceptance of the protest movement, as evidenced by multiple gatherings over the past few weeks. Pensioners, whose income is no longer sufficient to pay for life’s most basic needs, have staged more than a dozen of their own protests.

As public support for an electoral boycott rise, so does the regime’s concern that it will lead to more violence for Iranian activists, similar to what occurred in the two years leading up to the parliamentary elections and the Covid-19 Outbreak.

After the bloody crackdown of the November 2019 nationwide protests in Iran, the regime is facing an obstacle in the upcoming February “Legislative Elections”.
(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): after the November protests an already intensive power struggle within the regime has increased.

The state-run newspaper Hamdeli sent an alert to all presidential candidates on April 25. “Before we worry about the political consequences of low voter turnout, we should worry about the social consequences,” the article stated, before continuing on to examine the November 2019 uprising and its implications.

In a speech marking the start of the Iranian calendar year in March, Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), recalled that legacy. The Resistance leader predicted that “the fire of the uprisings” will arise from “the ashes of the coronavirus,” addressing recent major clashes between protesters and security forces, especially in Sistan and Baluchistan Province.

Elections are typically tumultuous for the Iranian regime, especially as its existence is the very antithesis of democracy, but with February parliamentary elections on the horizon, Iran is facing a plethora of domestic and international crises that it cannot hope to resolve.
(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): All in all, the regime is in a terrible situation.

Mrs. Rajavi’s portrait has appeared alongside messages calling for an election boycott in cities across Iran. In this way, members of the movement have been reminded that once they “vote for regime change,” a transitional government would be able to take the place of a government whose twin factions currently give no chance of changing policies that have hurt the Iranian people in many ways for more than 40 years.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Isfahan – Activities of the Resistance Units and supporters of the MEK, calling for the boycott of the regime’s sham election – “Massoud Rajavi: Boycotting the election farce is a patriotic duty”.

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