TEHRAN — Official campaigning for Friday’s presidential election ended here Wednesday night with small but spirited rallies by supporters of the six candidates.
The street scenes in the Iranian capital were just a shadow of the massive rallies leading up to the 2009 presidential election, in which hundreds of thousands of Tehran residents participated, but they also served as a reminder of the bitterness and deadly violence of the protests that followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s contested reelection.
On the eve of the ballot, the question that many Iranians are weighing is whether they should vote this time.
“Some of my friends are saying that if we don’t believe in the system, then we shouldn’t vote,” said Shabnam, a 30-year-old accountant. “But when I look at Saeed Jalili and compare his views with other candidates, I see a big difference between him and Hassan Rouhani.”
Like others interviewed, Shabnam declined to give her last name for fear of reprisals.