The Presidency closely followed the events in the run-up to the recent parliamentary elections in Iran. It expresses its deep concern that election procedures in the Islamic Republic of Iran have fallen below the international standards and that the electoral process did not allow for truly competitive elections. In this regard it expresses its deep regret and disappointment that over a third of prospective candidates were prevented from standing in this year’s parliamentary elections. These exclusions prevented the Iranian people from being able to choose freely amongst the full range of political views in their country and represent a clear violation of the international norms. As a result, the election was neither fair nor free.
The Presidency calls on the new Majlis to adhere to the rule of law based on democratic principles. It calls on Iran to honour its international obligations in this regard, including those under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Iran should make a commitment that in future elections the Iranian people will be able to choose from the full range of candidates. The Iranian people deserve a genuine democratic choice about the future of their country.