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Calm, secure Iran preparing for polls: Khamenei

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Urges for high turnout
Calling for a high turnout in this week’s presidential elections, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has said that the country is preparing for its presidential elections in a secure and calm environment at the heart of a region rife with unrest.

“Look at the countries of the region, where can you find a place where there is no insecurity? Among this insecure collection of countries, the Islamic Republic of Iran is busy preparing for elections in peace and security. We have only two days left until Election Day. All Praise is due to God. This peaceful and calm environment is invaluable. In a country with 80 million people, the nation is, enthusiastically, preparing themselves for Election Day, meanwhile, there is peace everywhere; this is truly something precious that we should appreciate,” Khamenei said at a Wednesday meeting with people from different walks of life in Tehran.
 
"It is likely that some individuals seek to violate law, however, these sectors--whether the executive, regulatory, or security sectors--are trustworthy and reliable, thank God; they should of course watch out," he added.

Warning the nation and the authorities of the enemy, he said, "The Iranian nation has an enemy; against this enemy, the face of the nation should strongly reflect resolute willpower and determination, as well as self-confidence, peace and calm".

All administrative, monitoring and security bodies are at work to safeguard the May 19 elections, he said.

He said these organizations have the nation’s trust, but still urged them to exercise utmost care and help protect people’s votes.

“Some may seek to commit fraud in this midst. The Iranian people have enemies. In the face of the enemy, the people’s countenance should indicate will power, conviction, self-confidence, calm and equilibrium,” he added.

He said Iran’s people and Islamic establishment will be the eventual winners of the May 19 election, no matter who emerges victorious in the race.

Highlighting the significance of public discipline, Ayatollah Khamenei asserted: “The discipline among our people is extremely important; public discipline and the people's commitment to abide by laws before the election, on the day of the election and after the election, are valuable. This is what many countries lack; and our nation proves to enjoy that: we have learned from experiences in the past. The Iranian nation has learned through experience that discipline is beneficial, and indiscipline unlawfulness can be so harmful”.

He described free elections in Iran as a dream for the nations in our region, whose governments are backed and dominated by the United States.

“Regional nations have pinned their eyes, with praise and envy, on people’s turnout in the Friday election to once again witness the grandeur of the Iranian nation, the freedom in the Islamic establishment and the religious democracy,” he added.

Iranians will head to the polls on Friday to choose among incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, Ebrahim Raeisi, who has served in different capacities at the Iranian Judiciary, Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim, a current member of Iran’s Expedience Council, and Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, a former vice president.

Iranians will also choose members of Iran’s City and Village Councils on the same day.