Nasser Kanaani, the spokesperson for Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Iran Criticizes US On Election Commentary

Monday, 03/04/2024

Nasser Kanaani, the spokesperson for Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, criticized the United States regarding its stance on the recently held elections in Iran.

"The United States is not in a position to take a stance on and interfere in the elections in Iran," stated Kanaani, adding that US officials should focus on their own electoral system's integrity.

This comes in response to Friday remarks made by US special envoy for Iran, Abram Paley, who labeled the Iranian elections as a "façade of democracy," citing concerns over a lack of genuine choice for Iranian citizens. 

Paley highlighted the crackdown on dissent since the nationwide protests in 2022, emphasizing that thousands of candidates were barred from participating in the elections.

Echoing the sentiments, the US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller also criticized Iran's electoral system as "opaque" and "undemocratic," expressing doubt over the fairness of the elections.

The Friday parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections in Iran witnessed a significant issue of low voter turnout, coupled with the disqualification of numerous candidates.

The dual challenge highlighted broader concerns about political participation and representation within the country.

The low turnout suggested a disillusionment or dissatisfaction among Iranian citizens with the electoral process or the available candidates.

Additionally, the disqualification of many candidates raised questions about the inclusivity and fairness of the election process itself.

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