Liaison office of Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Al Sistani (L.M.H.L) in London, Europe, North and South America.

English translation + original Arabic copy of the latest statement concerning Iraq election.

In The Name of Allah The Merciful, Most Compassionate

To the Office of Grand Ayatullah Seestani (long may he live) Greetings, As you are aware, the election high commission has decided to open registration centers for the electorates all over Iraq for six weeks starting from 1/11/2004. What guidance does our Sayyid Marja’ (long may he live) provide in this regard?

Signed by a group of believers 26 Sha’ban 1425 1 October 2004

In The Name of The Almighty

All citizens, male and female, who are eligible to vote must make sure that their names are properly registered on the electoral register. Whoever has not registered their name(s) or has done so incorrectly must refer to the electoral committee in their area and provide the required documents for registration and/or amendments. Our legitimate and reliable representatives should form local committees in their areas to assist citizens in realizing this important matter - so that everyone will be able to participate in the elections - which we hope will go ahead on the set date and it (the elections) will be a free and fair one with the participation of all Iraqis. Success is from Allah.

Seal of the Office of Ayatullah Seestani in Najaf
26 Sha’ban 1425
1 October 2004