27 year old architect Nina Siahkali Moradi finished 14th among 163candidates in a city council election in Iran but was told a week later that all votes for her were nullified.
According to The Times of London, after news spread that Moradi had been elected, religious conservatives petitioned to have her disqualified because she’s ‘too attractive.’ and would be a cause of distraction. “We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” a senior official in Qazvin said.
The review board later claimed Nina was disqualified not because she was too attractive but because of her ‘non-observance of Islamic codes’. Some who opposed her election said she had only been elected because she is young and attractive.
A law expert in Qazvin, told Iran Wire that the review board violated election law with its decision to bar Moradi from taking a seat.