June 12, 2013
Islamic Republic yesterday put up a
rudimentary website with
similar to graphics to the election website it used in 2009, to inform
Iranian-Americans where they could vote in this Friday’s election show.
Under U.S. law, it is illegal for the
regime to engage in operations outside of a 25 mile radius of
its permanent mission to the United Nations in New York, and the
Interests Section in the Pakistani embassy in Washington, DC. Tuesday’s
announcement that the regime would open 19 official polling stations
around the United States was in open defiance of the law.
Today, the regime went further and issued a 4 page statement from the Interests Section, telling Iranian-Americans that the polling places were being set up in coordination with the local police departments in each city. “If you encounter any problems with security” in reaching the polls, the statement said, “you should contact the local Police Department.”
"Staff will have the number of the local police department and will post it" in the polling places in case of incidents," the statement said.
The statement also said that staff operating the polling places "will have the official stamp of the Council of Guardians" and will stamp both the individual ballots and the voter's Iranian passport (on page 40).
"Keep the official flag of the islamic Republic at the voting table and at the location," it added.
Canada is not allowing the regime to operate polling stations, a decision hotly criticized by Tehran. “Canada had deprived many Iranians of exercising their legal right,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, said in Tehran.
Araqchi noted that even when Canada and the Islamic Republic maintained diplomatic relations, the Canadian government never allowed polling stations to be set up outside Ottawa.”
“This suggests that the United States government has given its approval to the regime to set up polling stations here in the United States,” said Roozbeh Farahanipour, a pro-freedom activist in Los Angeles.
According to a listing published at the regime’s election-show website, six polling stations will operate in California; two in Texas; two in the Washington, DC area; two in the New York city area; and others in Tampa, Philadelphia, Nashville, Chicago, Oklahoma city, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee.
FDI urges Iranian-Americans to report these sites to the local FBI and encourage them to shut them down because they are being operated in violation of U.S. law.
“Joseph Stalin had elections. That didn’t make the Soviet Union a democracy,” said FDI President and CEO Kenneth R. Timmerman. “The election show of the Islamic Republic of Iran is no different from the sham elections of the old Soviet Union. No one should be fooled.
“Iranians know what free and fair elections look like. And they know they won’t be seeing them this Friday in Iran.”
Kenneth R. Timmerman is President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran.