TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iranians to Go to Polls for Massive Turnout. Iranians will go to the polls on Friday to elect the new president for the country as the world is watching this political event in the country
Five candidates, if some of them do not withdraw from the race in the last moments in the favor of other candidates, are to compete for the top seat in the country. It is the 13th presidential election in the country and it is expected massive turnout despite negative propaganda from the foreign-based opposition groups.
Hojjatoleslam Seyed Ebrahim Raisi is the favorite to win the race in competition with two more principalist rivals, Saeed Jalili and Hashemi Ghazizadeh, as well as the former Central Bank Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati and Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaee.
As Election Day draws near, the country’s politicians with both the Reformist and Principlist camps, officials, military men, religious minorities, and prominent public figures have joined voices to call for a high turnout in the election.
On Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani called on everyone to come to the ballot boxes, regardless of any complaints that they may have about a certain institution of the administration’s performance.
A high turnout, Rouhani said, would help strengthen the foundations of Iran’s Islamic establishment and boosts the country’s power.
Meanwhile, a group 600 senior Iranian Sunni Muslim figures have written to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, vowing to spare no effort to increase the turnout.
In a letter sent to the Leader on Wednesday, the Sunni Muslim figures — including clerics and imams of Friday Prayers — described elections as “a manifestation of power and a clear sign of the establishment begin both Islamic and republic.”
The Sunni Muslims said the Iranian nation will, God willing, add another “golden page to their own record of honors” by taking part en masse in the upcoming election.
The Sunni figures promised that they would leave no stone unturned to encourage all people, especially the Sunni Muslim community, to go to the ballot boxes on Friday.
“We announce to Your Excellency that the Iranian people, regardless of their ethnicity and faith, view voting as a right and a duty, with a proper understanding of the world’s current sensitive juncture, which has seen constant conspiracies of the global arrogance front and international Zionism [against the country,” the letter said.