Today, Thursday, the stage of electoral silence began in Iran, after the end of campaigning for the presidential elections, which will take place tomorrow, Friday, after the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, urged a large turnout to vote, warning that low participation means increased economic pressure on the country.
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The Minister of Interior had announced that polling stations will open their doors tomorrow at 7 am local time, and close at 12 midnight, and may be extended to 2 am in the event that voters continue to flock to the polling stations.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urged voters to turn out in large numbers in the presidential elections scheduled for Friday, while a number of candidates withdrew from these elections.
“This show of force will ease external pressures on the Islamic Republic,” Khamenei said, noting that lower participation means increased pressures on the country, especially the economy.
In a televised speech, Khamenei added, “In less than 48 hours, a very important event will take place in the country… With your presence and your vote, you will in fact determine the fate of the country on all major issues.”
The Iranian leader’s statements came in light of the withdrawal of a number of presidential candidates affiliated with the conservative and reformist currents, as only 4 candidates were left in the competition, most notably conservative candidate Ibrahim Raisi and moderate candidate Abdel Nasser Hemmati.
Yesterday, two conservative and a third moderate candidates withdrew from among 7 officially approved candidates; To form the features of a clear electoral struggle between the conservative head of the judiciary, Ibrahim Raisi, and the reformist Abdel Nasser Hemmati, who was the governor of the Central Bank and resigned to fight the electoral battle.
Raisi, an ally of Supreme Leader Khamenei, is widely expected to succeed Hassan Rouhani, who will step down after two presidential terms.
Last month, the conservative Guardian Council approved 7 candidates to run in the elections, which will be held on Friday, and excluded several prominent candidates; This resulted in a list of 2 moderates and 5 conservatives.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the announcement of the withdrawal of former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and conservative MP Alireza Zakani would mobilize conservative votes behind Raisi, and the withdrawal of moderate candidate Mohsen Mehr Alizadeh would also strengthen Hemmati’s position.
Two other conservative candidates are still on the racetrack; However, they may announce a withdrawal or major support before Friday’s vote.
Official opinion polls indicate that the turnout may reach 41%, which is much lower than the previous elections.