Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Iran News - Iran's campaign styles criticized

Iran News - Iran's campaign styles criticized: "Iran's campaign styles criticized

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - ©2005
LONDON, June 8 (IranMania) - Iran's Interior Ministry said some presidential candidates raise doubts about the values and capabilities of the Islamic system and revolution as if they had never lived in Iran or held any responsible post before, Iran Daily reported.

Addressing a weekly press conference, the ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani added, "The electoral climate should not be such that we spread hopelessness instead of promulgating optimism."

He noted "Presenting new ideas and plans is a plus, but some nominees question the accomplishments of the Islamic system."

The candidates should not ignore the achievements of previous governments so that a large number of people show up at the polling stations on June 17, the reporters were told.

Khanjani urged the nominees to talk about their own plans and bright sides and refrain from negating other candidates.

Regarding the campaign films of candidates, the spokesman observed, "Article 62 Commission members monitor the films so that no contemptuous remarks are made against other candidates and the Islamic system.

Overall, we have not censored anything. Perhaps we have eliminated one word, which does not really affect the entirety of the film."

He recalled that setting billboards at places other than electoral headquarters is a violation of the law.

"The sad part is that many violations have occurred and the warehouses of the Tehran governor's Office is full of violation cases. Furthermore, the institutions that were supposed to help the Governor's Office identify the violations have not cooperated effectively. I hope the Tehran Municipality and police will take responsibility in this respect.""