Today, Wednesday (Safar 21, 1443 AH) corresponding to (September 29, 2021), the office of His Eminence al-Sistani issued an important statement about the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq, by answering the question of a group of believers in this regard, the text of which is:
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
The Office of His Eminence, the Supreme Religious Authority, Sayed al-Sistani
Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you
The date of the Iraqi Parliament elections is approaching, and many citizens are asking about the position of the supreme religious authority regarding participation in these elections, and do you see any interest in that? Please advise us in this regard, thank you.
Gathering of citizens.
In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful
The supreme religious authority encourages everyone to participate consciously and responsibly in the upcoming elections, although it is not without some shortcomings, but it remains the safest way to achieve a peaceful future and avoids the risk of falling into chaos and political obstruction.
The honorable voters should take lessons from past experiences and be aware of the value of their votes and their important role in shaping the future of the country, so they can take advantage of this important opportunity to bring about a real change in the administration of the state and remove corrupt and incompetent hands from its main posts, which is possible if the conscious people join hands and participate in voting effectively and make a good choice, otherwise the failures of the previous parliaments and the governments emanating from them will be repeated, and there will be no regrets.
The supreme religious authority confirms today what it said before the last elections that it does not support any candidate or electoral list at all, and that it is all up to the voters' conviction and their opinions.
But it emphasizes on them to scrutinize the progress of the candidates in their constituencies and to elect from them only the honest and the good one, who is keen on the sovereignty, security and prosperity of Iraq, and who is entrusted with Iraq's authentic values and supreme interests. And beware to empower incompetent people or those involved in corruption or parties that do not believe in the constants of the honorable Iraqi people or those who operate outside the framework of the constitution by occupying seats in the House of Representatives, because this would pose great risks to the future of the country.
The Religious Authority also stresses that those in charge of the elections should work to conduct them in a reassuring atmosphere, far from the side effects of money, illegal weapons, or external interference, and that they observe their integrity and preserve the votes of the voters. And God grants success.
(21/Safar/1443 AH) – (September 29, 2021)
Sayed al-Sistani's office - Najaf