Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, February 21, 2020—In their hysterical propaganda in the past few weeks, Iranian regime officials have been urging the people to participate in Friday’s parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, the Iranian people have showed their will to boycott the election, calling it a “show” against their own sovereignty.
Why is this election so critical for the regime? What are the consequences of the election boycott for the regime?
Paying attention to statements of the regime’s officials, they state that this election is not just a simple election. “Some may not like me, but they should vote for the sake of the country’s prestige and security,” Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei said. On February 14, Ahmad Alamolhoda, the supreme leader’s representative in Mashhad stated, “We have run many parliamentary elections, but none of them has been more dangerous than 11th round of parliament.”
Such statements indicate that current parliamentary election is a different issue for the regime. What is at stake for the regime is the possibility of a new uprising and the overthrow of the regime.
The Iranian Resistance has declared time and again that the election process under the mullahs’ dictatorship is just a cover for the usurpation of the Iranian people’s right to sovereignty.
In fact, the regime wants to replace Iranian people’s desire for regime change with the “election”. Regime officials want to pretend that the country’s problems will be solved by running another sham elections, and thus dampen the people’s desire to overthrow the rule of the mullahs.
In the exact opposite of the regime’s approach, the Iranian people and their resistance movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), are looking at the “election boycott” in a different light. The election boycott is now the main front against the regime, and they are intending to turn the election into a disaster for the regime.
The Iranian people and their resistance have always boycotted the regime’s sham elections—There was no fair legitimate election within the past 40 years in Iran under this regime.
The regime’s security and the election
The regime’s factions all intend to save the dictatorship especially when Iranian people’s uprisings are escalating. The people’s uprisings force the regime’s factions to save the entire regime from the collapse on the one hand, and widen the rift between factions due to their different response method on the other.
Throughout the years, the regime was counting on the show of competition between its different factions, namely the so-called reformists and hardliners, to create an impression of democracy. This disgusting show could warm up the regime’s sham election and buy some support from some western states that followed the appeasement policy. The result was extension of the lifespan of the dictatorship ruling Iran.
Now when the people boycott the election and deny the entire regime practically, the election turns to a matter of security for the regime. The regime’s former Minister of Culture and Higher Mostafa Moeen told the state-run news agency Khabar Online, “There is no difference between reformists and hardliners in the public opinion, and their presence will make no change in participation of the people in the election.” So this situation is a security crisis for the regime which can end up with the overthrow of the regime. That is why Ali Khamenei ask people to participate in the election even if they do not like him. The election show plays a key role for the regime’s security.