Original source (Arabic): http://www.sistani.org/arabic/statement/1511/
Dated: 2 – Rabi Al-Awwal 1431 / Tuesday 16 February 2010 C.E
Translation starts here:
Bayan issued from the Office of His Eminence the Sayyid (long may he live) about the upcoming elections
20 March 2015
Office of Excellency Grand Ayatollah Sayid al-Sistani (long may he live).
In the name of God the Merciful.
Office of His Excellency the Grand Marja’ Sayyid al-Sistani (long may he live), peace be upon you, the mercy of God and his blessings.
With the approach of the date of the elections for the Council of Deputies there are questions in the in the Iraqi street about the value of participating in these elections after it was noticed that the pervious elections did not result in realizing the hopes of the people and that many of the members of the Council of Deputies and the government officials did not meet the level of responsibility that was promised to the people. There are also questions about the position of the Grand Marja’ about the lists participating in the election. What follows is the clarification and guidance, thank you, all of the citizens.
In the Name of the Almighty
- The elections for the Council of Representatives have huge importance especially in the tough conditions through which dear Iraq is currently going and the elections are the only entrance to realise the aspirations of all in improving the performance of the two branches of government, the legislative (the Council of Representatives) and the executive (the government). Consequently – His Excellency, al-Sayyid (long may he live) considers that it is necessary for all citizens, men and women, to participate in the elections to guard the future of the country and her construction according to the foundations of justice and equality among all her people and their rights and duties, stressing that refraining from participation, for whatever reason, will allow the opportunity for others to realise their illegitimate goals and will end in regret.
- Consequently, the Grand Marja’, while confirming it will not adopt any shared position in the elections, stresses the need to choose the representative from the participating lists that is the best and most likely to secure the future and present interests of Iraq and which values the realization of the aspirations of Iraq’s honourable people with respect to stability and progress, and the necessity of also choosing candidates on the list who are characterized by competence and trust and commitment to what is constant in the people of Iraq, their authentic values.
My God help all towards what he loves and what satisfies him, peace be upon you, the blessings and mercy of God.
Tuesday 16 February 2010
The Office of Sayyid al-Sistani (long may he live)