Intelligence minister calls for massive turnout in upcoming elections

Tehran, Feb 9, IRNA – Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi here on Tuesday called for massive turnout in the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections on February 26, 2016.

Speaking in a gathering attended by university chancellors and professors, Alavi said Iranian people would speak to people across the globe while casting their ballots in the elections.

‘All of us have duty to safeguard the country from the evil eyes during the elections,’ he added.

The next elections for the 10th term of the Parliament and the 5th term of the Assembly of Experts will take place simultaneously on February 26.

Last month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that election is a blessing that guarantees people’s rights.

The screening body should welcome eligible persons and any lenience to ineligible candidates is regarded as violation of public rights, the Supreme Leader said.

The procedure in conduct of elections should be fully observed and all officials are duty bound to safeguard the public trust, the Supreme leader added.

He also advised the political wings to mind their lists and manage to nominate qualified candidates.