Election pamphlets meet their fate :)
Let's be real, it's no Hillary vs. Obama - but the level of international press coverage the Iranian parliamentary elections has received is interesting, at the least. Even though the contest has largely been branded as an intra-conservative battle between proponents of Ahmadinejad's policies and the insurgent anti-Ahmadinejad conservatives, Iranians decided to do exactly what expat Iranians yelped and howled at them to not do; vote.
“I am voting because I did not vote in the two previous elections,” said Mohammad Hossein Fozi, 27. “As a result, people I don’t like were elected, and their policies have affected my life.”
People across the country shared Mohammad's sentiment; not in an effort to condone the Islamic Republic, but in an effort to show that they love the place the live, but are discontent with the people in charge. With an expected turnout of over half the voting population, one can draw two conclusions, I believe. One, that the Islamic Republic, after nearly thirty years, is progressively acclimating its population - of which 70% has lived under no other government - to its form of governance. Or two, that no such acclimation is occurring, and instead, people have determined that no benefit comes from voter inaction. Or maybe it's a combination of both.
What is abruptly apparent though, is that people like Mohammad (who is part of the demographic that represents 70% of Iran's population) believe their vote counts; why shouldn't we?