Iranian people to answer enemies’ threats, plots with presence at polls - vice president
Iranian nation will give crushing answer to enemies' threats and plots with their presence at march 2nd Ninth IRI Parliamentary Election polls, country's First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said, IRNA reported.
Rahimi was speaking at the gathering on Iranian tradition medical science, referring to the country's upcoming parliamentary election.
"he great Iranian nation would beyond doubt create another epic, like the victory of the Islamic Revolution on Bahman 22nd (Feb 11th, 1978), on the election day this coming Friday, giving a crushing answer to the threats made and the plots hatched by the west and the enemies of the Iranian nation," he further said.
The ninth round of the IRI Parliamentary Election will be held on Friday, March 1st, 2012 to elect new members of Islamic Consultative Assembly, Majlis. The week-long registration of candidates began December 24 and is handled by the Interior Ministry and candidates are vetted by the Guardian Council.
The election is expected to be a contest between 'supporters and opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad within the conservative camp.'
In the wake of the crushing of reformist protest against the 2009 election results, few if any reformist candidates are expected to run for parliament.
The chief of the Council of Guardians, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, has said that reformists he labeled as traitors 'need not participate.'
The main groups participating at this round of elections include the Conservative Alliance United Front of Conservatives (UFC). The coalition was officially formed on January 12th, 2008 for the 2008 elections and was re-formed on January 6th, 2012.
The Front of Islamic Revolution Stability (FIS), which was formed by a group of anti-government conservatives.
Monotheism and Justice Party (MJP), is comprised of a group of Ahmadinejad supporters.
People's Voice (PV), is the front formed by a group of conservatives.
Insight and Islamic Awakening Front (IIAF).
Reformist Alliance Democratic Coalition of Reformists (DCR), is the main reformists coalition that led by Democracy Party's leader Mostafa Kavakebian.
The Labor Coalition (LC) is a coalition of the members of Islamic Labor Party and Iranian Workers' Solidarity Network.
Moderate Reformists (MR) is comprised of a group of pro-government Reformists.
The registration of candidates began on 24 January 2012, and ended on 30 January 2012. In the registration period, 5,405 people signed at the Interior Ministry to stand as candidates.
There were 490 women among them. The number of people who signed in Tehran was 1,006. North Khorassan Province had the smallest number with 39 people.
Edited by: S. Isayev