The Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr. Ali Rabiei, expressed his views on the recent elections that took place in Iran, an extract of which is as follows:
Iran experienced another election in its history. The socio-political structure of Iranian society is unique in a way that every election is happening with its novel variables and approaches, either in appearance or deep in meaning. Maybe Iranian electoral behavior could be best explained with the term “unpredictability”. The behavior of voters is a function of complex and sometimes unknown variables belonging to that specific juncture. The 7th of Esfand Election is not an exception.
However, I am going to refer to other arguments such as the political behavior chart that shows an ascending and unipolar trend, in spite of electoral ups and downs. The 11th Presidential Election in 1393 was one of a kind that followed a similar pattern. Such behavior reveals people’s seeking constant change that is manifested in a way or another based on their past experience. Some of the features of the recent elections are:
1. Formation of a kind of unofficial media, and the virtual space overtaking official media;
2. People’s tendency to vote for infamous candidates grouped in single lists in Tehran;
3. Seeking novelty and following pre-defined orientations and patterns.
Maybe the lack of political parties and integrated civil society institutions is one of the defects of this event; although, I believe that the social and cultural civil organizations play a more important role in our country than political parties; in fact, the former link the two elements of every election, i.e. the voters and the candidates, well together, and the lack of such intermediate ring will result in incomplete participation of people.
Therefore, it seems that to overcome the above shortcomings, the 11th Administration needs to establish a long-term inter-agency civil dialogue process. Also, creating communication channels, well defining the election atmosphere and talking to voters, as well as providing a platform for people to monitor and judge about the winners of elections are among strategies to encourage higher voters’ turnouts.