News ID: 83
Publish Date: 26 May 2021
A jurist member and deputy secretary of the Constitutional Council — which supervises elections and vets candidates — said the disqualifications of nominees have nothing to do with their political inclinations.

Candidates’ political viewpoint has no impact on CC’s decisions: Jurist

“During the vetting process of candidates, the Council never seeks a political viewpoint,” Siamak Rahpeik said.

He explained that the Council is only tasked with implementing the rule of law and the body’s regulations and disregards political leanings while making decisions.

Iran’s presidential election campaign officially started on Tuesday after the Interior Ministry released names of the candidates found qualified by the Constitutional Council to run for president.

The Council handed over the final list of the candidates to the Ministry late on Monday. It took 10 days for the Council’s jurists to examine the qualifications of the hopefuls. Each hopeful had to secure at least seven out of the 12 votes to get the vetting body’s approval for running in the election.

Only seven individuals have been approved by the vetting body. The confirmed candidates will have until June 17 to compete. 

According to official figures, 592 hopefuls had registered to join the forthcoming presidential race, pending approval by the Constitutional Council — which supervises Iran’s elections and is in charge of vetting hopefuls.

The Council, however, said only 40 out of the 592 hopefuls had submitted all the required documents to the panel through the Interior Ministry’s election Headquarters.

Slated for June 18, the 13th presidential election in Iran will be held simultaneously with council and midterm parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections.

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