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01/30/08

Iran: United Fundamentalist Front's comprehensive plan unveiled

TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (Mehr News Agency) -- The United Fundamentalist Front (UFF) Tuesday released an 11-point plan which includes the main issues to be addressed by the would-be conservative MPs in the next parliament.

The 11-point plan which was declared at a press conference by Shahabeddin Sadr, the UFF executive secretary, is as follows:

1. Preparing the ground for implementing the 20-Year Outlook Plan

2. Defending Iran's right at international level

3. Keeping away from political disputes and focusing on people's problems and demands

4. Upholding the rule of law

5. Putting the plans and policies into action

6. Curbing the existing high inflation.

7. Eliminating the impediments to production and creating further job opportunities

8. De-monopolizing the economic activities and implementing the Article 44 of the Constitution

9. Campaigning against economic corruption

10. Promoting social health

11. Removing the obstacles to the youths' marriage

Sadr who represents the Tehran constituency in the current parliament had told an earlier UFF press conference that conservatives have drawn up a plan to solve the existing problems gripping the country such as unemployment and high housing prices.

Consultations have no effect on vetting

Holding negotiations and meetings on requalification of certain Majlis hopefuls who have been barred from running in the upcoming election has no effect on the vetting process, Ebrahim Razini, the chairman of the electoral supervisory commission of the Tehran constituency, said Tuesday.

The supervisory commissions keep fulfilling their legal obligations and won't be influenced by consultations which are underway, Razini told the Mehr News Agency.

The rejected candidates should just provide the required evidence and documents in order to change the supervisory committee's verdicts, and there is no need for recommendations.

He vehemently dismissed the reports that the Guardians Council members have promised to allow some banned candidates to run, saying, if any rejected candidate claims so, it will be used against them as another reason for their rejection.

Meanwhile, Democracy Party Secretary General Mostafa Kavakebian said on Tuesday that the reformists will not boycott the elections.

"Though some of our candidates may not be endorsed (to run), we will not give up," he noted.

"The reform which we are talking about has 5 characteristics," he told a congress of the Reformists Coalition.

"First, it is within the framework of the Islamic system and not for toppling it; secondly, it is a long-term process and not a short-term one confined to a specific government or parliament; thirdly, reformists believe in moderation and not extremism; fourthly, it is defined based on the guidelines of late Imam Khomeini, and not the Western criteria; fifthly, it originates in people's real demands."

Impracticality

Presence of all candidates' representatives in polling stations is not possible, Interior Minister Mostafa Purmohammadi said on Tuesday.

In Tehran, for instance, if we have 1000 candidates and each of them has a representative in each polling station, managing them would be impossible, he said.

Guardians Council is a supervisory body and will do the monitoring on behalf of all representatives, Purmohammadi explained.

However, it is possible that a group of candidates have a single representative in each polling station, he noted.

Majlis on Monday passed a bill which bans moving the ballot-boxes from the polling stations before the votes are counted.

According to the bill, candidates or their representatives are entitled to monitor the vote counting process.

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