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Unprecedented Boycott of Regime’s Sham Election Causes More Unbalance for Iran’s Tyrants

iran sham election boycott march 1, 2024
Iran sham election boycott, March 1, 2024

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The Iranian regime’s sham Assembly of Experts and Majles (parliament) elections faced an unprecedented general boycott. Reeling from this massive blow that once again laid their regime’s illegitimacy bare, officials blatantly acknowledge they disregard people’s choices.

Ahmad Alamolhoda, the Supreme Leader’s representative in Mashhad, was among the first to desperately try to boost the morale of the regime’s forces by undermining people’s roles.

“In Islam, the majority is not important by itself. When we speak of the majority, we are talking about the majority of religious and obedient [regime’s affiliates] not the rebellious majority,” Alamolhoda said on March 19, according to the state-run Jamaran Website. “Thus, there is no respect for the majority that disobeys the Supreme Leader.”

Since usurping the 1979 anti-monarchic revolution, the mullahs’ regime has been violating people’s sovereignty. Thousands laid down their lives to oppose this regime and its medieval rule, thus making it illegitimate since its early days, showing that this regime has no link to Islam and is misusing the religion.

Contrary to what Alamolhoda claims, there are numerous verses in the Holy Quran that demonstrate how much Islam values people’s opinions and choices. One of the most notable verses is from Surah Al Imran (3:159) of the Quran urging the prophet to “consult them in the matter.”

But what Alamolhoda said, once again laid bare the principle of the “Absolute Rule of Clergy,” in which an entire populace is considered “minor” and needs a “guardian.”

Many of the regime’s top officials have blatantly said this point throughout the last four decades. Ahmad Azari Qomi, once claimed that “Everything on earth, whether people, animals, or even plants, are under the Supreme Leader’s command. His command is akin to that of the prophet and God.”

Mohammad Mesbah Yazdi, once a close ally of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said, “Who are people to give rights to anyone? If the people’s president-elect is not confirmed by the Supreme Leader, he is a tyrant.”

Depriving Iranians of their fundamental rights and freedoms is the Iranian regime’s essence. But Alamolhoda is not exhibiting power by calling out the general boycott of the regime’s sham elections. In fact, he is whistling in darkness, reflecting the regime’s deep fear of a restive society.

Following his remarks, several regime officials, fearing people’s reaction, tried to mitigate the situation. “Any official or group that speaks or acts against people’s unity is either a traitor or insane,” said Sakineh Sadat Pad, the advisor to the regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi, according to the state-run Ruydad 24 website on March 22.

“The 60% [who boycotted the election] or the 40% [that the regime claims participated] are Iranians. They shouldn’t be branded as rebellious, even if they had refused to participate in the elections,” Ruydad 24 quoted Ezatollah Zarqami, Raisi’s Minister of Tourism, as saying.

According to reports tallied by the Social Headquarters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and based on continuous monitoring of 1,941 polling stations nationwide, the maximum turnout of the elections was 8.2%.  Even the regime’s engineered statistics hover around 20 to 40% participation, which is a record-low turnout.

These contradictory remarks and deep fear of a restive society once again show how the unprecedented boycott of the regime’s sham elections has demoralized the regime’s forces, caused unbalance, and increased the regime’s factional feuds.