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11/12/03

Iran government spokesman: Free, just elections guarantee high voter turnout

Government spokesman Abdullah Ramezanzadeh, speaking in Zanjan on Wednesday, highlighted the need to reassure people that the upcoming elections of the Majlis would be just and free, stressing that this would guarantee a high voter turnout, IRNA reported.

"People's participation in the Majlis polls would decrease as soon as they feel that their votes are ineffective, or that their favorite candidates would have difficulties serving in the office once elected," Ramezanzadeh told reporters here in the northwestern city of Zanjan.

He said the obstacles that hamper people's participation in the Majlis elections must be removed, adding that people need to receive assurances that the MPs who are elected for Majlis seats will have an effective contribution to the decision-making of the country.

Ramezanzadeh stressed that the government never follows the policies that are beyond the Constitution regarding the Majlis elections.

"No state official or institution can ever implement a directive which is against or beyond the Constitution, and it can never be expected that the government would heed the demands of a certain power camp that are beyond the Constitution," he said.

Ramezanzadeh stressed that people's participation in the Majlis polls will show whether the elections have been successful and will also determine the alignment of power camps at the chamber.

"To guarantee people's strong participation in the polls, the political parties should change their policies as well as their viewpoints toward the Majlis elections," the government spokesman said.

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