No Hope for Healthy Parliamentary Elections in Iran - Iranian Political Scientist
Azerbaijan, Baku, 22 January / Trend . Corr. D.Khatinoglu / Ahmad Zeydabadi, an Iranian political scientist stated in his interview with Trend that removing the rights of some of the representatives of the reformatory forces during the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iran will reveal false results of the elections in which there is no hope for an healthy parliamentary elections in Iran.
The next parliamentary elections in Iran will be held in March 2008. Mohammad Khatami, the former Iranian President, expressed his concern that the rights of most of the representatives of the reformatory forces were removed. Ibrahim Yazdi, the chief secretary of the Nehzat-Azadi party commented on the significance of foreign supervisors participating at the elections. According to the IRNA agency, Alireza Afshar, the chairman of Iranian Election Fund, stated that canceling the rights of most of the representatives was implemented within the framework of the legislation and should not be of any cause for concern. Ali Khomeini, the religious leader of Iran, described the invitation of foreign supervisors to the country as impudent.
Zeydabadi stated in his interview from Teheran that he did not believe in democratic elections. "Most reformatory and democratic candidates were deprived of their rights and the State allowed only the candidates they considered necessary to participate in the elections. I believe it is important for foreign supervisors to participate otherwise the candidates or the public may refuse to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections," Zeydabadi said.
Isa Saharhiz, another Iranian political scientist, stated in his interview for Trend that Khomeini wants to form an internal and foreign policy of Iran, which is an indication of dictatorship. "The Iranian population and some candidates may refuse to participate in the elections as a final ultimatum," Saharhiz stated.