News ID: 313792
Published: 0144 GMT June 11, 2021

Canada not cooperating with Iran in setting up polling stations for expats: Official

Canada not cooperating with Iran in setting up polling stations for expats: Official

Iran’s election authority said the Ottawa government has so far refused to cooperate with Tehran in facilitating the participation of Iranian expatriates living in Canada in the upcoming presidential election, in breach of international norms.

Esmaeil Mousavi, the spokesman of the Interior Ministry’s Election Committee, said on Friday that Iran had raised the issue of voting facilities for expats with Canada through its Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Press TV wrote.

Upon a request by Ottawa’s UN envoy, the Iranian Foreign Ministry submitted a relevant note to the Swiss Embassy, which hosts Canada’s interests section in the Islamic Republic, but “unfortunately, no due response has so far been received from the Canadian government on the possibility of direct voting in the election.”

“Given the limited amount of time left and a lack of possibility for the Foreign Ministry to dispatch executive officials [to Canada], direct voting is not possible [there] for the time being,” the election official said.

He said the Foreign Ministry is currently making efforts to set the stage for Iranians in Canada to take part in the election.

On the back of coordination between the Foreign Ministry and Iran’s interests section in Washington, preparations have been made to enable Iranians in Canada to cast their votes in an American city bordering Canadian soil, Mousavi added.




Resource: Press TV
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