Iran Elections Draw The Sword of Tyranny_Commentary

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Commentary 

By Ahmad Al Jabbouri 

June 15, 2021 

The election in Iran is upcoming, with the reluctance of the people to participate in this political event made evident early on through the vast disqualification of candidates.

It is practically clear that persuading people to participate in this election is unfeasible because the only chance to create a dichotomy in the society for evoking them to vote has been broken down by the disqualification of all influential figures.

The Islamic Republic has already drawn the sword of tyranny and is content to win this game even on an empty field. Although the turnout in the recent parliamentary elections was unprecedentedly low, Iranian leaders believe that it is enough to lead to the victory of the conservatives and their presidency. It is noteworthy that the current speaker of the Iranian parliament has reached his seat with only 26% vote of the people of Tehran, his electoral district.

In the conservative view, the sixth parliament, which recorded the highest turnout in post-revolutionary history, is the worst political record in the history of Iran’s revolution; because it brought liberals into power. Instead, the 11th parliament which was formed with the least turnout is one of the best parliaments in this period as it is approved by Ali Khamenei and it achieves the Islamic Republic goals in the best way.

The members of the revolutionary parliament have taken their position not from the people’s vote but from being committed to the system and obedient to the Supreme Leader. They do not consider themselves as the representatives of the people who need the people’s vote. Rather their presence is a sharp and victorious show of the Supreme Leader in the field of Iranian politics.

While the Supreme Leader has described “not voting” as an unforgivable sin, a large part of Iranian society blames Khamenei and the Islamic State organization for the repression and disregard for the people. They do not value Khamenei’s leadership and do not respect his political and religious rulings.

Tyranny in Iran is in a situation where the people are convinced that their poverty and misery are not important for the Supreme Leader at all and the government is ready to impose even more pressure on people to pursue its interests.

The government has also concluded that if the vote of the people is against the interests of the supreme leader, people’s opinions should be ignored and the opponents should be eliminated from society.

In the public opinion of the Iranian society, the Islamic Republic has created a situation for people to clearly understand they have no role in their destiny. This means the government is violating the basic rules of a republic system which was the basis of the 1979 revolution.

People’s distrust in the Islamic Republic, increasing poverty and dissatisfaction with the economic conditions, political and social situation, widespread repression of popular protests especially in November 2019, secrecy over the downing of a Ukrainian plane by the IRGC, and mismanagement in dealing with Corona epidemy, all are among the reasons which have led to the decline in popular sentiment and have persuaded people to avoid voting in 2021 election.

The scene of this election is thus neither acceptable nor appealing, even for those groups who have traditionally been a supporter of Islamic Republic.

Another important point here is that the people’s despair in this election may be covered up and concealed by the government through the fake electoral participation statistics. But it is clear that the president-elect of this election, like the current parliament, will not represent the Iranian people either inside or outside Iran.

This is an issue that the Islamic Republic and Supreme Leader can not ultimately hide in any way. The upcoming president will have no acceptance among the Iranian people and the president-elect will have serious challenges to reduce the popular dissatisfactions.