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High Election Turnout Sign of Loyalty to Revolution: IRGC

29 February 2016 9:42


The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) praised the Iranian nation for the remarkable participation in the Friday elections, referring to the high turnout as reaffirmation of allegiance to the values of the Islamic Revolution and the Leader.

In a statement on Sunday, the IRGC hailed the lively nation’s participation in the parliamentary and the Assembly of Experts elections as another hard blow to the enemies.

The big turnout indicates that Iranians have remained loyal to the values and aspirations of the Islamic Revolution and reaffirm allegiance to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the statement added.

In another message on Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed gratitude for the aware, resolved and determined nation of Iran, saying the public turnout at Friday polls displayed “the brilliant face of religious democracy to the world.”

Countrywide parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections were held in Iran on Friday.

More than 60 percent of some 55 million eligible voters cast their ballots at around 53,000 polling stations across the country.

4,844 and 161 candidates have been running for the parliament and the Assembly of Experts, respectively.

There are 290 seats in the Iranian parliament, elected by direct vote of people in nationwide election for four years.

The Assembly of Experts is also a high-ranking body that elects and oversees the activities of the leader of the Islamic Revolution.

Members of the 88-seat assembly are directly elected to office by people for an eight-year term. It holds biannual meetings to appoint a new chairman.

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