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Iranian Alert - June 2, 2005 - Iran Survey: 92 percent of voters to stay away from polls
Regime Change Iran ^ | 06/02/05 | freedom44

Posted on 06/02/2005 6:46:37 PM PDT by freedom44


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Tehran, Jun. 01 - A nationwide survey conducted by an Iranian opposition group showed widespread voter apathy in Iran's upcoming June 17 presidential elections.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) said in a press release that a survey of 1,730 adults eligible to vote showed that 92 percent of voters intend to boycott the elections. The survey was based on interviews conducted between May 27 and May 30, 2005.

While the PMOI as an opposition group has clear interests in promoting a boycott of the polls, independent observers also believe that this year’s presidential election is a lacklustre event that has failed so far to generate any interest among Iranians.

“It’s hardly a choice to make people motivated,” said Mohamed Rezaie, a Paris-based political scientist. “On the ballot, you have two mullahs, four Revolutionary Guards generals, and two leftovers from Khatami’s cabinet who have no credibility. Add to this the rising discontent, and you see why the boycott appeal has never been as strong as it is today.”

Of the eight percent who said that they would be taking part in the elections, 4.7 percent said that they would be voting for ex-President Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and 3.0 percent said they favoured hard-line candidate Ali Larijani. Only one person said that he planned to vote for ex-Majlis speaker Mehdi Karroubi.

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1 posted on 06/02/2005 6:46:37 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44

Thank you


2 posted on 06/02/2005 6:50:27 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Pan_Yans Wife; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; Grampa Dave; PhiKapMom; McGavin999; Hinoki Cypress; ...
Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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3 posted on 06/02/2005 7:40:20 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: freedom44; nuconvert

Fr44

Iran Focus is mouth piece of a terrorist group called MEK.

I dont see any justification to repeat what they say, even though we hate the regime in Tehran.

MEK and Mullahs are the same piece of shit!


4 posted on 06/02/2005 7:47:33 PM PDT by Khashayar (Screw You and Your Gas!)
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To: Khashayar
I understand your feelings about the MEK. This is an MEK survey but its results are similar to other surveys suggesting the regime has about 8% support. As Slater Bakhtavar pointed out, a recent poll found:
a mere five to ten percent support for the mullahs and eighty-five percent support for a secular democratic government.
The regime fears a turnout less than 40% will lead the world to consider the election illegitimate. They do not want to see an Iranian version of what occurred in the Ukraine.

Mohammad Atrianfar, director of the Shargh newspaper and a Rafsanjani supporter said:
"If it falls below 40 percent, there would be a problem..."

5 posted on 06/02/2005 10:49:41 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

Good post and good objective analysis... One point however that you might consider. 8% voter participation does not necessarily translate into 8% support. Dr. Ledeen and others have done a good job highlighting the fact that many Iranians must have a voters stamp to keep jobs or apply for certain types of work or education.


6 posted on 06/03/2005 10:28:49 AM PDT by humint (Define the future... but only if you're prepared for war with the soldiers of the past and present!)
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To: freedom44
To read today’s thread click here.

Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

7 posted on 06/03/2005 4:51:52 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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