In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Iranians at home and abroad participated in the eleventh presidential election in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was held on Friday, 14 June 2013, and recorded an epic turnout in determining their own destiny. The election was held after massive election campaigns and heated presidential debates exposed Iranians to various ideas and different opinions from diverse political currents and figures.
The people of Iran, in light of Islamic-style democracy, rushed in utmost peace and security to ballot boxes exhibiting their political spirit and awareness in such a national event, and once again manifested their will and decisiveness to protect and defend their Islamic Revolution and the sacred Islamic establishment in Iran.
As a matter of fact, the Islamic Republic of Iran, in view of the most recent presidential election, displayed yet another successful independent political pattern based on their combined religious and national identity with modern political and democratic mechanisms—a pattern which has resulted in stability, peace, public welfare and accountable governance in Iran.
By participating in this election, the peace-loving people of Iran expressed, with enthusiasm, their interest in developing friendship, cooperation and dialogue with civilized nations and states across the world. The hope that respect to shared human values and interests in view of a high spirit for cooperation would lead to the formation of a world without threats and intimidation and full of welfare, and piritual and material perfection.

Elections voters Comparison between The Islamic Republic of Iran and Capitalist Systems
In many developed countries of the world which are claimed to be the flag bearer of democracy, despite a long history of holding elections the voter turnouts are not impressive at all. In recent years, with ongoing economic and political crises and dissatisfaction of the public in western countries, we are witnessing a significant decrease in the number of participants in the elections. For instance in the United States as the symbol of democracy, almost half of Americans did not participate in the in the last presidential election. During the last century almost half of Americans did not participate in the presidential elections. And for the congress elections it was worse and the turnouts have been 30% to 40% at most.
As a matter of fact, elections in capitalist systems are race fields for winning power and wealth and for this purpose the end justifies the means. Western decorative democracies always use elections for political games to show people self determination, but the flow of ideas and wills are not seen at the highest levels of decision making.
Elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran
In the Islamic Republic of Iran elections are trustworthy indicators of democracy. In religious democracy of Iran all citizens vote according to Islamic principles and teachings interpreted by religious clergymen and scholars. In Iran, voters elect their president, members of parliament and even their leader (by electing members of the Council of Experts). In fact, the citizens have a crucial role in determining as well as manifesting a full-fledged concept of democracy.
In 1st April 1979, only 45 days after the victory of Islamic Revolution, Iranian citizens went to the polls and with 99 percent of the votes the Islamic Republic System was adopted. This was a momentous event and in fact an unprecedented record among all nations selecting their systems after revolutions.
In 33 years after Islamic Revolution despite imposed war, terroristic attacks and economic sanctions, more than 33 elections were held. Islamic System Referendum, The Leadership Experts Council, Islamic Consultative assembly (parliament), Presidential and City and village Council elections were held by huge turnouts and never less than 50%. Elections in Iran compared to other countries in the world proved that the Islamic republic of Iran enjoys public participation and support of the people much more than other countries. In Islamic Republic of Iran 8 parliamentary elections were held in which the percentage of participation ranged from 51% to 71%. Turnouts of the 7th presidential election was 79.9%, for the 8th was 66.6%, for the 9th was 86.6 and for the 10th was 85%. The figures for 6th parliamentary election was 67.35%, for the 7th was 51.21%, for the 8th was 55.4% and for the 9th was 64.2%.
Hamid Reza Shakeri Niasar

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