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12/13/03

IIPF head: No international supervision is needed for Iran's 7th Majlis elections

Head of Islamic Iran's Participation Front Mohammad-Reza Khatami on Saturday ruled out any need for international supervision over Iran's 7th Parliamentary elections, insisting that there had been rare cases of fraud in polling in the past 25 years, IRNA reporeted from Tehran.

Addressing a press conference on the eve of the seventh parliamentary elections, slated for February, Khatami said conditions in Iran spare any need for international supervisors and they will fail to gain anything beyond the ongoing discussions in the country.

Khatami said Iran is a free country and hundreds of reporters and correspondents, who are the best supervisors, come to Iran from different countries for the same purpose.

He said many countries too have representatives in Iran, who closely follow the polls.

The official said his party had a list of 255 main candidates to run for the 290-seat Majlis. He immediately corrected himself, however, adding that there was no consensus on final list of the candidates.

He said his party does not intend to boycott the elections, believing that the move is not in line with democratic principles.

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