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Zarehbiin advises against excessive economic optimism, no matter who wins the election:

Honestly, why should we take part in the elections?

Today I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price tags on foodstuffs in Iran; high prices beyond imagination. Ill-fated are those who are deprived.

In fact, even if the world's most powerful politician is brought to power [in Iran] under these circumstances, what will he be able to do? Nil! He could only consolidate his and his followers' powers in the government while inflation and prices increase!

People claim all the time that elections are never clean. Well, let's assume that they aren't. So what difference does it make? Whoever takes over, do you think meat and bread will get cheaper? Their prices will get even higher, you can be sure of that.

In fact, our problem does not lie in participating in the elections or not. With all this cheating and hurrying, there are no elections left for us to participate in or boycott.

The issues of the Iranian nation are far deeper than can be resolved in these elections. Many believe that the situation can be improved if someone particular is elected. No such improvement has come in the 30 years since the revolution, and neither will it come now.
Safahatekhali asks how Iran's election vetters would have ruled had Fatimah applied to run in the June presidential election:

Yesterday, when I was going to visit a friend, I saw some men in black who were dressing the city in black on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Fatimah Zahra [the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad]. I also saw motorcycles and cars that were carrying pictures of their favorite candidates and campaigning for them.

I told myself: "You who care so much for Fatimah Zahra and mourn her death these days: If she were alive now and had registered her candidacy for the presidential vote, you would have disqualified her and told her, 'Sit at home, woman, and cook.'" [Editor's note: All of the roughly 40 women who registered candidacies for the June 12 presidential vote were disqualified by the Guardians Council.]

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