In a brief commentary, Shahin Gobadi, a member of Foreign Affairs Committee of The National Council of resistance of Iran provided the following perspective on the clerical regime’s sham presidential election from various aspects and its fallout.
Sham Elections – No. 3
The Fars news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), at 4:43 pm local time, meaning more than 8½ hours after polling stations were opened, reported, “So far 20 million of eligible voters were able to cast their ballots.” This means despite all measures aimed at rigging the vote, and with less than 1 hour and 15 minutes left until the voting deadline, only 35% of the eligible voters had participated in the sham elections,.
NCRI - Iran: May 19, 2017 on the “Election Day”. The voters' unconcern is quite noticeable and people have decided largely to stay home, as many independent eyewitnesses from different cities in the country report, the voters' ennui is quite evident and people have decided to boycott the sham election.
NCRI - While state run media are boasting about the widespread participation in the sham election, people are reporting about empty polling stations, numerous reports coming out of Iranian cites all across the country like: Esfahan, Saveh, Mahabad, Semnan, Sabzevar, Karaj, Roudsar,Kerman, Ghorveh, Shahre babak, Zarand, and many others are indicative of the emptiness of polling stations, and a weak presence of voters all through the morning. In many of the voting centers, the number of security forces exceeded the voters. this is while earlier in the day, Iran regime's supreme leader was desperately asking people to vote.
NCRI - A prisoner in Zabol Prison (Southeastern Iran) was attacked and killed by prison’s head of intelligence at midnight Tuesday May 16.
According to reports, Zabol Prison’s head of intelligence ‘Gholamreza Rezaei’, while pretending to inspect ward 4, went right to a 45-year old prisoner named ‘Ramezan Koohkan’, throwing him down from the top of a triple bunk bed.
Following the Iranian regime’s series of fraud measures and vote riggings, prison authorities across the country are forcing inmates to vote in this sham elections.
Peyman Khanzadeh, deputy warden of Urmia Central Prison in northwest Iran, announced through the prison loudspeakers that all inmates’ participation in the elections is mandatory and any individual refusing to cooperate will be deprived of family visits for three months. He also pressured those inmates lacking any identification papers to call their families to bring their necessary documents to the prison for them.
A Selection of widespread activities of the network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran inside the country in the nationwide campaign, calling for boycott of the presidential “election.”
NCRI - On the eve of Iran's presidential election, the prominent diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, in an exclusive interview with the Voice of America's Persian service said: If free elections were held in Iran, Ayatollahs would be the losers. John Bolton former Undersecretary of State for International Security in an interview on May 17th said: I think the difference between moderates and extremists is a lie because only those can run for election whom pass Guardian Council’s screening and meet supreme leader’s approval. Parts of this interview follows:
Iran, Marvdasht, in the run - up to the sham presidential election, activists of MEK in Fars province Central Iran put up posters against Iran regime's sham election :"No to Rouhani the imposter , No to Raisi the murderer.
Iran, Uremia , in the run - up to the sham presidential election, activists of MEK in Uremia Azarbaijan province North- West Iran put up posters against Iran regime's sham election written: Our vote is for Maryam Rajavic.