Posted: Feb 15, 2020 12:01 AM
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The Iranian regime will hold its so-called parliamentary elections next Friday amidst mounting crises. The “elections” this year unfold in a radically different setting, with growing popular discontent and uprisings exacerbating an already dire situation for the regime. Braving systematic suppression and human rights, people in Iran usually vote on the streets. In their massive protests in November, they voted to change the regime in its entirety.
Elections in one of the most repressive states in the world are nothing but a farce. The regime has effectively monopolized power through the concept of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule). The supreme leader, currently Ali Khamenei, is the ultimate tyrant on all state matters.
According to Article 90 of the theocracy’s Constitution, a watchdog body called the Guardian Council is responsible for the supervision of all elections. The 12 members of this body are directly and indirectly handpicked by the supreme leader.
All candidates are vetted based on the Guardian Council’s assessment of their belief and adherence to the regime