Iran: Supreme Leader calls on voters to vote this Friday

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, intervened once again to call on voters to mobilize for Friday's vote as a poll predicts low turnout, particularly in Tehran.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with members of the air force in Tehran, Iran, February 5, 2024. © Wana News agency / Reuters

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With our correspondent in Tehran,

Siavosh Ghazi

In front of an audience of young voters, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once again called on voters to mobilize.


All those who love Iran must know that an election with low turnout is against everyone's interest

 ,” declared the Iranian number one.

He added that the United States, Europeans and Israelis were closely monitoring voter mobilization in


and could threaten the country's security in the event of low turnout.

For a little over a month, the Iranian number one has intervened at least five times to call on Iranians

to participate massively

in Friday's vote.

Some 61 million Iranians are called to the polls to elect 

the 290 deputies of Parliament

and the members of the Assembly of Experts, a body responsible for choosing the successor to the current supreme leader after his death.

The government hopes for strong participation only in 2020

According to a latest survey, a little more than 38% of voters say they are sure to vote while 32% will boycott the vote.

16% have not yet made their decisions.

In Tehran, where the election is more political, only 23% of voters say they are sure to vote.

Four years ago, the participation rate was 42%.

The government is hoping for greater participation as the economic crisis hits Iranians hard and regional tensions continue to rise.


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