In its most recent poll, or fabricated statistics, the official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRNA) said this in order to achieve a specific desired impact: “For more than 84 percent of the public, belief in Velayat Faghih (i.e. rule of the clergy), is the most important priority when selecting a representative to the Majlis.”
According to the findings of this polling based on a sampling of 5,377 individuals above the age of 18 years – i.e. those who are eligible to vote in the March 14 Majlis elections –84.1 percent from Tehran and eight highly populated provincial centers said that from amongst the features of a Majlis representative, “belief and commitment to the Velayat Faghih” was the most important one.
It is noteworthy that according to the claims of the IRNA officials, the results of this poll regarding the importance of “belief and commitment to Velayat Faghih” as an attribute by a Majlis representative, 62.6 percent had responded by selecting “very high” and “high” to the question.
The first question that comes to mind about these pollings is that where do people who have such beliefs live, particularly as their presence is not normally felt. The other question then is whether the individuals that are polled are telling the truth or lying. Or is it the officials of the official news agency that are fabricating these figures and response. And finally, are we then to expect that the results of the elections to the eight Majlis that are scheduled to take place on March 14 will be in the same light as these polls, both in the number of people polled and in their composition?
If this polling is an example of how officials do their counts, and the results of the forthcoming eight Majlis elections and the number of participants in the elections may be expected to be “engineered”, then one must ask the reformers in Iran whether people should fully participate in the forthcoming elections when the composition of the Majlis and the number of those who will participate has already been predetermined?
At the same time a question will also have to be asked of the hardliners: If the results of the above poll are certain, and the public has these beliefs about the candidates to the Majlis, i.e. they strongly believe that belief in the Velayat Faghih is the important question, then is it not time after 30 years of Islamic rule that an independent poll or a referendum be allowed to be organized by independent circles around these two or three basic questions: Do you still believe in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran; the leader of the regime, and; the principle of Velayat Faghih (rule of the clergy)?