TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on Tuesday called for massive participation of Iranians in the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts polls due to be held later this month, saying a high turnout would guarantee the Islamic Establishment.
“The significance of the (Iranian) Establishment hinges on people’s presence and their votes,” Ayatollah Amoli Larijani said, after paying tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini here in Tehran.
People’s presence in political scenes such as elections has always guaranteed the Islamic Revolution, he noted, adding that the enemies are disappointed by such participation.
A high turnout will make the enemies abandon their plots for aggression and domination, the Iranian judiciary chief went on to say.
In similar remarks on Monday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said massive presence of people in the upcoming elections as well as rallies marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution’s victory will secure the country against hostile schemes.
Addressing the Iranian Air Force and Air Defense commanders and personnel in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei described elections as “revitalization of the nation and a new pledge of allegiance to the goals of the Revolution.”
Massive turnout in the polls will give more dignity to the country and the Establishment and safeguard them, Imam Khamenei underlined. “Hence, it is everyone’s duty to cast their ballots.”
The Assembly of Experts and the parliamentary elections are slated to be held simultaneously on February 26.
There will be 290 seats in the Iranian parliament and 88 in the Assembly of Experts up for grabs.
Members of the assembly are directly elected to office by people for an eight-year term. It holds biannual meetings to appoint a new chairman.