Iran to form committees to investigate election-related offences

The head of Iran’s judiciary has announced that with the presidential and city council elections approaching, special committees will be established in each province to prevent and investigate election-related offences.

According to a circular published on the official judiciary website on February 15, central committees under the judiciary will operate from each provincial capital. These provincial capital committees will in turn supervise satellite committees established in the province’s other cities.

Sadegh Larijani, head of Iran’s judiciary, has said that the committees will be charged with the strict enforcement of the election laws.

Such committees were utilized for the first time during Iran’s last parliamentary election in early 2012. This time, special committees will observe the presidential and city council elections, both scheduled for June 14, 2013.

The Judiciary’s announcement comes several days after Iran’s “Committee for Determining Examples of Criminal Web Content” announced on February 11 that it had assembled a list of “examples of cyber crimes relating to the presidential election”.

The “Committee for Determining Examples of Criminal Web Content” was established in 2009 and is chaired by Iran’s Attorney General, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei.

By Iran Election Watch


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