The representative of the supreme religious authority; Sayed Ahmad al-Safi read during the sermon of the Friday prayer of the 17th Rabi’ Thani 1441 AH corresponding to November 15, 2019, held at the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) the text received from the office of the supreme religious authority in Najaf; his eminence Sayed al-Sistani in Najaf, in which he stated:
The government derives its legitimacy - other than authoritarian regimes and the like - from the people, and only the people who give it its legitimacy. The will of the people is the result of the secret ballot if it is conducted fairly and impartially. And hence it is important to accelerate the adoption of a fair electoral law that restores citizens' confidence in the electoral process and does not take sides in political parties and currents, and gives a real opportunity to change the forces that have ruled the country over the past years, if the people want to change them and replace them with new faces. Passing a law that does not give such an opportunity to voters would be unacceptable and useless. A new law must also be passed for the commission, which is entrusted with overseeing the conduct of the elections, so as to document its impartiality, professionalism, credibility and popular acceptance.