A woman who won a spot a seat on a city council in Iran has been disqualified from serving because she is just too hot.
Nina Siahkali Moradi, a graduate student of architecture, recently received 10,000 votes in city council elections in Qazvin (about 100 miles northwest of Tehran). She finished 14th in a very crowded field of 163 candidates, reports the Daily Mail.
The candidate earned enough votes in the June 14 election to become an “alternative member of the council,” which basically means that she would step in if someone on the council were to leave the position.
Sure enough, the mayor gave up his position. However, Moradi, 27, was then disqualified. All the votes cast for her were nullified.
“We don’t want catwalk models here,” said an unnamed senior official in Qazvin when he explained the decision.
The reason for the disqualification was her “non-observance of Islamic codes,” according to the International Campaign for Human Rights, a nonprofit group based in New York.
The Daily Mail explains that certain council members had criticized Moradi’s campaign before she was elected. They say she was only elected because she is young and gorgeous.
Moradi’s campaign slogan was “Young Ideas for a Young Future.” Campaign posters showed her wearing the mandatory hijab, with only her face showing.
She also passed the battery of tests that Iran’s Ayatollah-run theocratic government requires of all electoral candidates.
The elections in Qazvin occurred on the same day as Iran’s presidential election. The country’s president, Hassan Rowhani, has promised to improve the civil rights situation in the long-repressed country. He has specifically vowed to advance the rights of women.
“Almost 10,000 people voted for me and based on that I should be the first alternate member of the City Council,” Moradi told local media, according to The Independent.
The fracas may not be over, notes the News Network of Australia. At least on paper, it is illegal in Iran to disqualify a candidate who had previously been deemed fit for office and lawfully placed on the ballot.
“It seems that this is a pretext in order to create an obstacle in order for this individual to not be able to join the Qazvin City Council,” Mohammed Olaiyehfard, a local legal scholar, told The Independent.