TEHRAN - Unlike past, this time people of Iran are least interested in the Presidential elections to be held on June 12 with a possible low turn. In the light of such apprehensions, spiritual leader Ayat Ullah Khamenayee while delivering key speech on the eve of 20th death anniversary of Ayat Ullah Rooh Ullah commonly known as Imam Khomeini, has urged the people to actively participate in elections and strengthen the democratic process. In his key speech Khamenayee highlighted the importance of the democratic process and elections, which decide destiny of the nations. He also reminded the guidelines of late spiritual leader regarding strengthening of democracy. On such grounds, he called upon people from all over the world to come forward and fulfil their responsibilities regarding schedule presidential elections. President Dr Mehmood Ahmadinejad who is contesting for the second term faces three strong candidates including Meer Hussain Mausavi, Mehdi Karoobi and Dr Mohsin Razayee. Though all the four aspirants seem strong and popular but common people believe that Meer Hussain Mausavi is likely to give tough time to sitting President Ahmadinejad. Mausavi is being supported by former president Syed Mohammad Khatemi, who is regarded as a moderate reformist. In the existing setup at Iran, no one is capable of expressing himself publicly but common man wants change and reforms. He seems to be fed up with inflexible policies of the leaders and now desires to live and to let live. On such grounds, the common men particularly the youngsters and people from lower and working classes favour Mausavi. Like rest of the so-called developed and civilised countries, the official media of Iran also giving opportunities to all four presidential hopefuls to go for debates and arguments with each other. In this connection, both sitting President Ahmadinejad and his arch rival Meer Hussain Mausavi late Wednesday appeared in a debate on official Iran Television. Both of them have defended their stances during one and half an hour live chat. People from all over the country have watched the live debate, aimed at enabling the people to cast vote in favour of their choice and capable candidate. The sitting President said that Iran was sending a cultural message to the world that had given the Islamic Republic its global power. We believe our foreign policy is effective because it has cultural roots. We are not an economic power but a cultural power, which touches peoples souls, affects them and shifts world public opinion in our favour, he added. Ahmadinejad also said, Iran has no intention of dominating other parts of the world, pointing out that its goal is to foster peace justice and friendship. He said that effects of the revolution were evident of increasing disappointment and frustration found amongst the westerners. He also defended his governments firm stance on the issue of nuclear proliferation and other international matters particularly Irans policies towards United States and Israel. On the other hand, Meer Hussain Mausavi has attached great hopes with the youngsters and common people who were badly affected by economic disorder particularly price hike, unemployment and inflation. He stated, Common people believe that Ahmadinejads policies fuelling their economic problems and hardships and on such grounds they desirous for reforms and restoration of relations with the west on the bases of self-respect and dignity. I entered the election competition to revive 'hopes and tolerance in the Iranian nation and help build a developed country, he said adding, nation must go for resolving of the issues rather than maintaining the status quo, otherwise we will feel embarrassed when we interact with the neighbouring countries in future. Dr Mohsin Razayee believes that maladministration is the root cause for existing problems and economic disorder in the country. The countrys affairs cannot be steered by one person or for that matter, a single faction or team. I favour a coalition from the entire political spectrum in a bid to build up a consensus for resolving of internal and external issues. Such coalition or partnership amongst the political leadership could ensure addressing needs and aspirations of common people, Razayee remarked during a recent debate on television. Former speaker of the parliament Mehdi Karroubi is running election campaign through an organised ways. He has established his own political party National Trust and urging the people to watch carefully the debate and arguments amongst the presidential hopefuls. He seems too much critic for the sitting administration, urging the people to vote in June 12 election for protecting the Islamic, National and Republic nature of the country, which has been portrayed as being under threat due to current government policies. It seems that restrictions introduced soon after the Islamic Revolution and kept intact by the successive rulers would also play an important role in the schedule presidential elections. The common people, particularly the youths seem gone fed up with such restrictions and they are desirous for more liberty. And the candidates who are promising provision of relief and relaxation could easily muster support of maximum people. But at the moment, stimulating and activating of youths and common people could be a serious matter before the Iranian authorities. Unless maximum turn out, no one could make satisfy the western world in favour of schedule elections.