Iran Election – No 7
- In a bid to boost voter turnout in the sham election, the Iranian regime told military personnel, employees of the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, and Foreign Affairs, Education, and the staff of state and private banks beforehand that their identity papers must be stamped for voting.
- Soldiers at military barracks in Isfahan have been told to show up on Saturday with their identity papers to see who voted. Soldiers who did not have their birth certificates before the vote were sent home a week earlier to the election to bring their papers for the vote.
- All personnel at Gohardasht prison have been on alert since 6:00 a.m. Those on furlough were asked to report to work and told to vote inside the prison.
- Ordinary prisoners in the cities of Maku, Khoy, Bazargan and Salmas prisons were told that they will receive a three-day leave if they vote.
- In Tabriz, Ahvaz, Shahriar, Mahshahr, Kermanshah, Bandar Abbas, Salman Shahr, Nasim Shahr, Aliabad-e-Katul, Chabahar, Khorramshahr, Safadasht near Tehran, Bumehen and Madani township, people were promised a payment of 50 to 200 thousand tomans (local currency) if they vote.
- In Dargaz, those who vote were promised 20,000 tomans in telephone credit.
- In Astara, a large number of people received text messages to go vote and there is no need to have a national ID card.
- In Karaj, in Manzariyeh township, and in Shahriar, they blocked streets to force traffic to polling stations, and in polling stations, police created barriers to delay entrance and artificially create crowds at the stations.
- In Hutak (Kerman), they are busing in voters to the Kasra school polling station.
- The regime has shut down some polling stations in Tehran and other cities, especially in central areas of the city, to create larger crowds in other polling stations for filming, especially for foreign journalists.
- Repressive forces prevent filming and photography at polling stations in order to hide the massive extent of the boycott of the sham election, and in many cases, people’s mobile phones are confiscated, and videos and photographs of polling stations are erased.
June 18, 2021