In the latest story to display the deepening rift at the top of the Iranian Regime, some of the losing presidential candidates have accused incumbent Hassan Rouhani of voter fraud in the May 19, ‘elections’.
Ebrahim Raisi, the candidate who is most known for his role in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, complained of voter fraud and called on the judiciary and the country’s election watchdog to investigate, according to Reuters.
He said: "Tampering with the numbers of people's participation is inappropriate. Not sending ballots to centres where the government's opponent has a chance of getting votes is very inappropriate. I ask the Guardian Council and the judiciary not to let the people's rights get trampled. If this vote-tampering is not looked into, then the people's trust will be damaged."
It’s incredibly hard to hear a man responsible for so many deaths, talking about people’s rights getting trampled, but these allegations are likely to enrage Raisi’s supporters, who have been enraged since Rouhani’s second-term was announced.
Were the elections fraudulent?
First of all, we should address that the Iranian so-called elections are an embarrassment to democracy; they are neither free or fair.
At the end of the day they are engineered by the Regime to get a result that is favourable to the Regime and, by May 19, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei decided that the candidate who would best suit his agenda was Rouhani.
Raisi knew that the sham elections would be fixed, as did every candidate in the race, he’s just upset that it did not work in his favour.
Rouhani, who has executed over 3000 people over the past four years, was not elected by the people of Iran but selected by a Regime that saw him as their best chance to maintain control. The Regime knows that their stranglehold on Iran is getting weaker by the day, and that they will soon be deposed in favour of an actual moderate government, namely the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which serves as a government in exile.
Their leader, Maryam Rajavi, has a ten-point plan to fix the mullahs’ mistakes and obtain a secular, non-nuclear Iran with full gender equality. She has the support of the Iranian people, many of whom boycotted the election rather than vote for the Regime, and the support of many lawmakers and activists from around the world.
On July 1st, the NCRI will hold a 100,000 strong rally in Paris, with activists, Iranian exiles, and lawmakers, all calling for Regime change.