Ayatollah Khamenei delivered a live televised speech to the nation on Friday (June 4) marking the anniversary of the passing away of Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Press TV reported.
The Leader said Imam Khomeini viewed elections as a “manifestation of people’s will” and participation in elections as “a religious duty.”
Ayatollah Khamenei warned against attempts by enemies, as well as certain sides at home, to frustrate people and lower the turnout in the presidential election, which is slotted for June 18.
It is said that some are doubtful about going to the ballot box out of dissatisfaction with the country’s economic hardships and livelihood problems, while others say they voted with enthusiasm in earlier elections, but they later grew frustrated after being failed by those whom they voted for, Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“That reasoning is not right” and should not dissuade people from voting, said the Leader, adding that any managerial shortcomings and inefficiencies could be made up for “through making the right and good choice.”
“What would be the solution if there is any weakness in [the country’s] management? Standing aside? Or choosing [instead] a popular and Islamic management in the true sense of the word?” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei further advised voters not to trust mere words and pledges on the part of the presidential candidates, saying, “It is action that counts.”
“The individual’s previous record should be examined to see [if that person] had taken any action that would support his pledge [today],” the Leader said.
The Leader called on all Iranians, from all walks of life, to not just go to the ballot box but also encourage others to do the same.
Ayatollah Khamenei also had a few words with the seven candidates gearing up to contest the forthcoming presidential race.
First, said the Leader, the candidates should avoid making pledges that they are not sure they can fulfill if they win the election, warning that such pledges “would be to the detriment of the country.”
Second, the Leader said, the candidates should be honest in their slogans and refrain from the ones that they don’t believe in.
Third, the candidates should be determined to commit themselves to establishing social justice, fighting corruption, and boosting domestic production, if they win, Ayatollah Khamenei added.