By Mirembe Martina
A female politician in Iran has been banned from office for being too beautiful.
Nina Siakhali Moradi won a bid as an alternate to the Qazvin City Council but her election as overturned by religious conservatives saying she is too beautiful to hold political office. “We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” balked an unnamed senior official in Qazvin.
According an Iran local media, Qazvin’s representative in Parliament and a review board member, was, “Her votes have been nullified due to her disqualification, as the review board did not approve her credentials. We have told her the reason why she has been disqualified.”
Howevver, Iran’s judiciary and intelligence services had previously granted approval to Moradi’s candidacy in Qazvin. A 27-year-old architecture grad student, Moradi ran under the slogan “Young ideas for a young future” and was committed to fighting for improved rights for both women and youth.
During her campaign, conservative groups complained about Moradi’s “vulgar and anti-religious posters,” the Times reported, adding that the reason given for her disqualification was that she wasn’t “observing the Islamic norms.”
“They don’t like the fact that she doesn’t belong to any political party, because they don’t welcome an independent voice,” the spokesperson (speaking on behalf of the campaign’s executive director, Hadi Ghaemi) added. “The story has gone viral, and there’s been a lot of noise inside the country, and it’s likely that they’ll reverse the decision due to public pressure and embarrassment.”