Virtual Election Gives Iranians Chance To Vote For Unofficial Candidates

By Charles Recknagel, RE/RL

A man registers for the Iran presidential election at the Interior Ministry in Tehran in May. He was one of hundreds who failed to make it through the strict vetting process. Now, a new Internet initiative aims to give voters more choice in a virtual online election.

Few would say that Iran’s presidential election offers a rich variety of candidates and positions. That’s because the candidates were carefully vetted ahead of the vote by the regime itself. All eight who passed had to demonstrate the highest loyalty to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his vision of national priorities.

But on June 7 a group of Internet activists hopes to give Iranian voters a taste of what an open election feels like by launching an alternative election featuring 20 candidates. The candidates not only include the officially approved eight, but 12 more, ranging from people who failed the official vetting process to reformist leaders and political prisoners.

The alternative online vote, dubbed „We Choose — Iran Free Elections,“ concludes on June 13 with an announcement of its results, one day before Iran’s official June 14 election is held. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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