2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Audit of Iran

Iran received an overall score of 0 percent for electoral fairness. The score means that Iran’s constitutional and legislative basis for democracy is completely unfair. FDA auditors found no overall elements of electoral fairness in Iran. Through severe state controls on political content, parties, and candidates, and with strict and severe enforcement, the Iranian system is authoritarian within a theocratic framework. The will of the Iranian people is replaced by the will of Islam and the Islamic Republic of Iran and its constitution. Citizens who oppose the Iranian state are restricted severely and face severe consequences including imprisonment and the death penalty. In the FDA’s opinion, for Iran to move forward, the Iranian state needs to unite itself with the will of the Iranian people, or continue to face instability and disunity, and resulting reduction in individual and national harmony, productivity, and security.

 

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