[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adopted from website:] Ebham News

[Date:] 1 Khordad 1388 [22 May 2009]

 

Supporting the Perverse Baha’i Sect to Win the Election Is Deception

Speaking to the IRNA parliamentary correspondent on Friday, Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash condemned the actions of some presidential candidates and their followers in supporting the perverse Baha’i sect. He said, “Some candidates, in order to collect votes, undermine the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran and exert efforts to gain votes at any cost.”

Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash—the representative of Shazand in the eighth term of the Islamic Consultative Assembly—stressed [that], “Statements such as ‘Baha’is in Iran have citizenship rights’ is illegal and is an electoral violation [misconduct]”.

A member of the Osoulgarayan [Fundamentalists] faction of the parliament reminded the members that, “Baha’ism is a sect, in which, according to the religion of Islam, the law and the elders are considered misguided.”

Ahmadi Bighash mentioned [that], “Certainly, the election monitoring bodies will consider these statements. Praising a perverse sect to receive votes is unconstitutional.”

He also criticized the promises and slogans of some of the candidates in the tenth presidential election. He said, “If any candidate promises the people, ‘If you trust me and I win the election, I will promise to be a good servant within the framework of the constitution’, he is lying.”

The member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the parliament continued, “Not all powers in Iran fall within the remit of the president. Any individual who becomes the head of the executive branch cannot perform whatever he wishes.”

Ahmadi Bighash emphasized, “Iranian people are very smart and listen to all the words and slogans, but they will vote for the most righteous candidates.” Those who want to steal people’s votes with lies, deception and deceit and pretend to be positive, will surely be ashamed of their lies in the future.”

The representative of Shazand’s people in the parliament stated, “Experience has shown that people are not attracted to those who exaggerate and speak false words. They may attend their polls and listen to their words, but it does not mean that they have accepted their promises.”

Ahmadi Bighash said, “The duties of the president are specified in the constitution. If a president takes the slightest action outside his duties, the parliament will hold him accountable.”

Source: IRNA