By Harry Toner, Independent
Sunday, 28 February 2016
Head of the National Council for Resistance of Iran said most young people had boycotted the polls
The Iranian elections are ‘a sham’, the exiled leader of the resistance Maryam Rajavi has said.
Speaking in Paris on Saturday, Mrs Rajavi said the majority of young people in Iran had boycotted the elections.
She said: “On 26 February, the Mullahs held a sham election. The so-called election did not mean to elect the people's representatives, but it was a competition between the incumbent and former officials in charge of torture and executions.
“This puts an end to the myth of moderation in this regime. Therefore this sham election was rejected and boycotted by most of the Iranian youth.”
Of the 12,123 candidates who were nominated as potential candidates, almost half were cut by the Guardian Council, with 6,300 of them – including 586 women – allowed to stand for election for the Majlis and 166 candidates, all male, put forward for the Assembly of Experts.
Final results from both elections are expected early in the coming week, with any possible re-runs for the Majlis election to take place in April.