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Political camp encourages people to partake in city council voting

Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA -- The Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization in a statement issued Monday called on the Iranian masses to massively take part in the second round of the Islamic city and village councils.

The political formation in its statement a copy of which was cabled to IRNA said the Iranians have to vote for those candidates who could contribute to the efficiency of the city and village councils.

It said those who acted to break down the reformation drive is now disappointed by the very fact that the people would not vote for them.

It further added that the participation of the independent groups would give momentum to the elections.

The political formation however in its communique called on all camps whose representatives would run in the elections to try to respect the legal boundaries and embark on a constructive competition.

It said the factions running in the polls are well recommended to keep their unity in the face of those anti-reform groups so as to be able to respond to the public demands.

The statement said the people would examine the behaviors of the factions representatives.

It said one has not to exaggerate and to term as negative the performance of the city and village councils adding that these councils can play a key role in promotion of democracy.

It called on eligible voters to cast their votes in the upcoming city and rural council elections adding that the people would get involved in decision-makings by participating in the elections of the city and village councils.

The second city and rural council elections are scheduled to be held nationwide on February 28.

The camp's comments came after President Mohammad Khatami on February 17 called for massive public turnout in the upcoming council elections despite problems arising from the first city and village councils.

Municipal elections, envisaged in the 1979 Islamic Constitution, were first held in 1999 on the back of President Khatami's campaign to promote democracy and build a civil society in Iran.

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