Elections to be held in Iran
The local councils have a major impact on people’s everyday life.
This time around Iranian reformists are focusing on day-to-day issues like public services rather than social and political freedoms. The reformists hope a high voter turnout and dissatisfaction with Ahmadinejad’s policies will bring them seats in Tehran’s city council. Elections are also to be held for the 86-member Assembly of Experts which boasts power not even Parliament or the Presidency has. This is an elite group of Shi'ite Muslim clerics who have the power to elect, dismiss and supervise Iran's most powerful figure – the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khomeini. Meanwhile, ordinary people wonder how to choose between clerics they know little about and whether their vote really matters.