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Iran's reformists dismiss any foreign monitoring of elections

TEHRAN, Jan. 13 (Mehr News Agency) - In a statement issued on Sunday reformists dismissed foreign monitoring of Iran's parliamentary elections and urged the reinforcement of public supervision of the polls.

Extensive registration of political figures for contesting Majlis seats indicated that the plots for boycotting the March elections have already failed, the statement said.

The Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that 7,200 persons have registered to run for parliamentary elections.

Solely the supervision and vigilance of the Iranian nation can stop law violation during the elections, it insisted.

Making reforms in the framework of the principles of the Islamic system is the nation's rightful expectation, it stated.

No candidate list yet

The spokesman for the election commission of the reformist coalition Abdollah Naseri said on Sunday that the coalition is not going to present a candidate list before the vetting process is completed and the names released by the Interior Ministry election commission.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Salamati, secretary general of the Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization (IRMO), told the Mehr News Agency that the reformists might release a list until the end of the week.

He also expressed hope that the officials should pave the way for the active participation of all political movements in the legislative elections.

Salamitai went on to say that the reformists probably will not place any candidates on top of their list.

Mohammad Salamati, Behzad Nabavi, Mohsen Armin, Mostafa Tajzadeh have registered as candidates of the IRMO in the March 14 elections.

He also expressed satisfaction with the number of the reformist and conservative candidates who signed up for the elections.

The Islamic Iran Participation Party also appreciated the country's political figures who decided to contest the key elections and expressed hope that a fair election will be held with the Iranian nation's massive participation.

However, Servants of Construction Party (SCP) spokesman Hossein Mar'ashi told the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) "unlike our expectations, political figures that could be influential in the next parliament did not sign up."

Many of politicians preferred not to get involved in the confrontations between the political parties, he noted.

He pointed out that issues related to the screening process have made some political figures reluctant to register as parliamentary candidates.

Nevertheless, the number of influential reformist candidates suffices and the reformist front is waiting to see whether the law would be observed in the vetting process or not, Mar'ashi observed.

Like other reformist politicians he said he believed that it does not matter who would be on top of the reformists' candidate list.

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