Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned against hostile attempts by the enemies to damage Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks on Wednesday during a meeting with Army commanders and staff members.

He also called for a massive turnout in the upcoming election in order to disappoint the enemies.

“The enemies make provocations to sabotage the elections. The nation should proceed along in the face of the hostile movement, while maintaining its current awareness so the elections will be held with vibrancy, passion, neatness and security,” he said.

Iran plans to hold its upcoming election on 19 May 2017, when President Hassan Rouhani will seek a second term.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the Iranian people to remain vigilant against the enemy’s plots, adding that some foreign-based media outlets attempt to mar the elections.

He further slammed the enemies of the Islamic Republic, saying they seek to disrupt Iran through mounting economic pressure.

Earlier this month, the Leader of the Islamic Republic said “elections are one of the two pillars of religious democracy.”

“We boast to the world courtesy of our elections and the enemies ignore our elections in order to deal a blow to the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic.”