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Iran Islamic Participation Front outlines conditions to participate in election

Iran Islamic Participation Front (IIPF), in a bulletin released at the conclusion of its 6th congress in Tehran on Tuesday, said the only way that it will take part in the upcoming 7th Majlis election is for the "the illegal rejection of qualification of the candidates to be overturned," IRNA reported.

It also said the election should be postponed to provide adequate time for a fair, free and competitve election to be held.

"The front deems any participation in the election given the current trend both impossible and useless," IIPF said in fax to IRNA. The IIPF held an emergency meeting to assess the February 20 Majlis electoral trend and to delineate a final position on the Majlis election.

Secretary General of the IIPF Mohammad-Reza Khatami said here on Monday that the IIPF will not participate at the February 20th parliamentary elections.

Speaking to the press representatives after the end of the IIPF 6th congress, the president's younger brother and MP from Tehran added, "We will inform the nation about the facts that prove the illegal nature of the Feb 20th elections."

Khatami said, "Meanwhile, we will not ask the people to boycott the elections, since making up such a decision is up to the people themselves."

The IIPF secretary general reiterated, "all I can tell you in this regard is that the absence of the political parties and groups at the elections will definitely have a negative effect on the elections."

Governor generals call for free, fair election

Nation's Provincial governor generals in a letter to president Mohammad Khatami here Tuesday called for a free, fair and competitive 7th Majlis election.

The Interior ministry's public relations department said the letter which was drafted at the conclusion of a gathering of governor generals highlights their serious concerns "on the irreversible course in the current electoral trend to hold a legal, free, fair and competitive election."

The letter also stressed on a cabinet directive stipulating for an election which is free, fair and competitive, "otherwise, the election official will be enable to organize an illegal, unfair, and uncompetitive election."

It further reiterates the need for postponement of the election salted or February 20 and for provision of a reasonable period for adequate preparation of the grounds to schedule a viable election.

Over 2,000 prospective candidates from among more than 8,000 of those who registered for the elections have been declared as disqualified by the Guardians Council (GC).

Among those barred are more than 80 sitting MPs, who held a sit-in for more than two weeks in protest to the disqualifications.

In protest to the GC move one hundred and sixteen Iranian parliament members extended their resignations on Sunday.

About 70 MPs met here Tuesday with President Mohammad Khatami and Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi to reiterate their demands that those 'illegally' disqualified from the forthcoming election are reinstated and the poll is postponed.

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