Maximum Poll Participation Benefits Nation

Maximum Poll Participation Benefits NationMaximum Poll Participation Benefits Nation

A lawmaker said the history of Iranian elections shows a huge voter turnout has always led to the advancement of national interests and benefited people.

In an interview with ISNA in Tehran on Wednesday, Kazem Jalali added that people need to be aware while deciding to vote in Friday's parliamentary elections.

"They should not turn their backs to polls because promotion of national interests depends on their vote," he said. "They should feel responsible for their choice and be careful."

On features of a good candidate, Jalali said rationality and moderation are of top importance.

"With a new government in office that favors dialogue and diplomatic means to promote national interests, after eight years of inefficient management [a reference to the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad], a chance for engaging with the world has appeared that should be used to the fullest," he said.

Jalali explained that after the implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that led to the removal of international economic sanctions on Iran, the ground is prepared for getting out of recession and solving economic problems.

"Today, the country needs calm and stability to devise and pursue effective policies to accelerate development," he said.

"To achieve this, a moderate Majlis should be formed. To tackle economic issues, coordinated efforts of the government, Majlis and people are needed."

Jalali, a parliamentary hopeful, is included in the joint list of reformist and pro-government candidates, known as moderates, which was released last Tuesday.

Headed by Reformist Policymaking Council chief, Mohammad Reza Aref, the list also features well-known personalities such as lawmakers Ali Motahhari and Alireza Mahjoub, as well as former lawmakers Soheila Jelodarzadeh and Elias Hazrati, along with the leader of Democracy Party Mostafa Kavakebian. Iranians will simultaneously vote in the parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections on Friday, February 26.