Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Iran News - Iran's POLL WATCH: Praise for Rafsanjani

Iran News - Iran's POLL WATCH: Praise for Rafsanjani: "Iran's POLL WATCH: Praise for Rafsanjani

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 - ©2005 IranMania.com
LONDON, May 31 (IranMania) - A member of the Executives of Construction Party said the presence of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in the June 17 presidential race helps fortify the foundations of democracy in the country, Iran Daily reported.

Speaking to IRNA, Mohammad Atriyanfar added that Rafsanjani’s candidacy will also help increase the voter turnout.

“Based on surveys conducted so far, some 33% of potential voters will vote for Rafsanjani,“ he said.

Stressing that Rafsanjani will form his cabinet on the basis of national interests and competence upon election, Atriyanfar said, “It is obvious that he will not grant anybody any privilege and will use the services of all effective forces in his administration. If necessary, he will even use nationalist-religious forces or members of the banned Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI).“

High Turnout Can Foil Plots
Defense Minister Vice Admiral Ali Shamkhani on Monday said the presidential race will influence nuclear negotiations as well as all areas related with national security, ISNA reported.

Speaking to reporters, Shamkhani said, “High voter turnout can help foil international plots against the Islamic system.“

Commenting on the campaign mottoes of candidates, he said, “Since I am a military man I do not want to judge the slogans, but the person who has not even been the director general of an office cannot speak about peace and employment. Many neither know how to overcome unemployment, about the financial resources available to the government nor how to use the experiences of past administrations.“

Identify Assailants!
Head of Mehdi Karroubi’s Election Headquarters called on officials of Hamedan province to firmly confront people who attacked student members of the headquarters.

Speaking to IRNA on Monday, Massoud Hesami added, “Members of the headquarters’ Student Committee were attacked on Sunday night after leaving the venue where Karroubi delivered a speech.“

Hesami emphasized that the sine qua non for continuation of campaign activities of all presidential aspirants is identifying the perpetrators of this offense.

Qalibaf Eying First-Time Voters
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said on Monday he has placed high hopes on first-time voters, IRNA reported.

Responding to reporters on the sidelines of a roundtable themed “Challenges and Exigencies“, Qalibaf said, “I have not heard anything about Mohsen Rezaei withdrawing in my favor.“

Asked whether the leader thinks he is capable of becoming the next president, he said, “The leader does not interfere in such considerations. For him the important issue is maximum public turnout and the people have the right to choose.“

He asserted that when the president assumes his duties, his life should be such that it complies with that of the middle class.

On whether the number of votes garnered by the next president affects his powers, he said, “Maximum public participation is important.“"