Tehran (IP)- The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei emphasized that strong and passionate elections are fundamental for the effective governance of Iran.

Iran PressIran news:  Ahead of the upcoming 12th session of the Islamic Council and the 6th session of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Khamenei,engaged with a group of first-time voters and families of martyrs on Wednesday.

He underscored the significance of national participation in pivotal moments, stating that demonstrating the nation's presence in crucial national affairs is key to safeguarding and advancing the country.

If we can show the world that the nation is present in the important and decisive scenes of the country, we have saved and advanced the country, said the Leader.

He highlighted that neglecting elections is detrimental, urging individuals to prioritize national interests over political affiliations. Furthermore, he warned that weak elections would have adverse consequences for all citizens, stressing that genuine love for Iran entails ensuring robust elections for the benefit of the nation's security and prosperity.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that some inside are not paying attention to the elections. I remind everyone that we should look at the elections from the perspective of national interests, not from factional and group perspectives.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "If the elections are weak, everyone will suffer. Anyone who loves Iran, its nation, and its security should know that if weak elections are held, no one will benefit and everyone will be hurt."

Addressing those hesitant to participate, Ayatollah Khamenei acknowledged individual circumstances but cautioned against dissuading others from engaging in the electoral process.

He added: "With those who may not be able to participate in the elections for any reason; we have nothing to say. But those who are reluctant and encourage others not to participate let them think a little more; not voting has no achievement and does not solve the country's problems."

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution emphasized that abstaining from voting offers no solutions and only exacerbates the country's challenges.

Iran's parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in Iran on 1 March, four years after the previous election in 2020. This election will be the first to require preregistration, as mandated by a 2023 law. The Assembly of Experts also will be conducting its elections simultaneously with the parliament elections.


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