In accordance with the Clause 5 of Article 10 of the ‘General Policies on Elections’ laid out by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, which have assigned the Constitutional Council to “define and declare the necessary criteria and conditions for the identification of the political and religious personalities and the qualities that determine the managerial characteristics and skillfulness of the presidential candidates”, and considering the Clause 9 of Article 110 and Article 115 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Constitutional Council ratified those definitions, criteria and conditions at a meeting on January 10, 2018, and amended those standards at a meeting on April 28, 2021.
The full text of the measure, which has been communicated to the Ministry of Interior on May 1, 2021, for implementation, is as follows:
The definition, criteria and necessary conditions for the identification of the political and religious personalities and the qualities that determine the managerial characteristics and skillfulness of the presidential candidates:
Clause 1 - The definitions of political and religious personalities and the qualities that determine the managerial characteristics and skillfulness of the presidential candidates include:
Clause 2 - The necessary conditions and criteria for the identification of the political and religious personalities and the qualities that determine the managerial characteristics and skillfulness of the presidential candidates include:
2-1. The political posts mentioned in Clauses A, B, and C of Article 71 of the Administrative Services Management Act, ratified on October 29, 2007;
2-2. Deputies of heads of three branches of power;
2-3. Members of the Supreme National Security Council;
2-4. Members of the Expediency Discernment Council;
2-5. Director of the Islamic Seminaries Management Center of Iran;
2-6. Directors of the governmental organizations, institutions, and foundations, and the non-governmental public foundations at the national level;
2-7. High-ranking commanders of the Armed Forces with the rank of Major General and above;
2-8. President of the Islamic Azad University at the national level;
2-9. Provincial governors;
2-10. Mayors of cities with a population of over two million;
2-11. The personalities, officials and managers equivalent to the abovementioned posts at the discretion of the Constitutional Council;
Provision (1) – The applicants intending to register for the presidential election are obligated to submit the supporting documents relating to the Clauses 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 of this Article to the Ministry of Interior at the time of registration. Registration in the electoral process does not mean that the applicant is competent, as the verification of competence of the applicants will be within the purview of the Constitutional Council.
Provision (2) – If the applicants have any objections to rejection of their registration request, they can submit their protest with written documented evidence to the Ministry of Interior and the Constitutional Council simultaneously. The Constitutional Council will consider the objections in due time and during the registration period and will inform the Ministry of Interior and the applicant of the results.
Provision (3) – In order to certify the requirements of the applicants registering for the presidential election, the Constitutional Council can get inquiries from the competent bodies or conduct investigations independently.