Iran Warns of Consequences for Election Interference as UK Police Vow to Ensure Safety of Iranian Voters

The Iranian Charge d'Affaires to London, Ali Matinfar, has issued a stern warning to individuals planning to disrupt the upcoming runoff election in the United Kingdom, stating that any attempts to interfere with the process will have severe consequences.

Iran (IMNA) - In an exclusive interview with IRNA, Matinfar emphasized that the Islamic Republic is working closely with UK police to ensure the safety of Iranian expats who will be voting in the election on July 5. He also urged Iranian citizens who were insulted or threatened during the first round of voting to report these incidents to the Iranian Embassy.

The embassy is collecting evidence of such incidents and will provide it to British authorities to guarantee the security of Iranian citizens. Matinfar noted that meetings have been held with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office and British diplomatic police to discuss these efforts.

The first round of the Iranian presidential election saw opposition groups gather outside polling stations and attempt to disrupt the voting process. The Metropolitan Police Department has since arrested seven individuals for causing disturbances in London, Manchester, and Birmingham.

For the runoff election, five polling booths will be set up in London, with the remaining booths located in Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, and Cardiff. The two candidates with the highest number of votes in the first round, Masoud Pezeshkian and Saeed Jalili, will face off on July 5.

Matinfar emphasized that the Islamic Republic is committed to ensuring a peaceful and secure election process and is working closely with British authorities to achieve this goal.

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