The second round of the Iranian regime’s Parliamentary election on Friday has been boycotted by Iranians according to an article on the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) website.
In 21 of the 31 provinces in Iran the regime held run-off votes. However, activists of the Iranian Resistance have reported that during their monitoring of the polls, the majority of polling stations were empty throughout the day.
Officials in many polling stations tried to entice people to vote by telling them that they would not need to present any identification documents in order to participate. In some areas, people passing by were offered money to cast a ballot and some regime agents were spotted casting a ballot on more than one voting station.
There were also reports of more disagreements within the regime’s factions on voting day. In central Iran, in the Nourabad District of Mamasani, members of Khamenei’s faction are said to have attacked members of the Rafsanjani-Rouhani camp. The reason for the attack was that the Rafsanjani-Rouhani camp allegedly brought people in to vote for their candidate from the town of Marvdasht.
The local election head’s house was targeted with bricks and wood causing windows to be broken and damage to the premises. Several of the assailants were arrested by state security forces but clashes between members of the rival factions continued into the day. At 2pm local time, a shooting had taken place at the nearby Taleh Kouli polling station, where four voters were injured. It is thought that at least 50 other people were injured throughout the day in similar clashes.
Following the first round of elections, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said on 28th February that it was more than evident that the list of candidates presented by various factions of the regime indicated that the election was clearly not genuine. She said the choice was “merely between different factions responsible for suppression, execution, exporting terrorism, warmongering, and plundering the Iranian people’s wealth”.
Mrs. Rajavi highlighted that the result of the election would not bring any change to the political and economic livelihood of the Iranian people. She said, however, that the election was bringing the regime one step closer to being overthrown.