Iran: A sham Election Rejected by the Iranian People

Genuine elections in democratic countries are periodic, inclusive, free, and competitive between different parties based on international standards such as transparent monitoring and independent election commission.  This is how lawmakers and executives are elected by citizens in a democracy, providing people the opportunity to hold their representatives accountable.  This process also obliges the losing side to accept its fair defeat and recognize the mandate of the winning side until the next elections. In total contrast, the structure of elections in Iran resembles elections in an one-party state.  All candidates believe and must adhere to principles representing an ideological political system, which include the guardianship of the Islamic jurist based on the absolute power of a supreme leader (Vilayat-e Faqih). Understanding the role of the supreme leader in Iran's political system, it is necessary to remember that all candidates must be approved by the...(Read Full Article)