Leader urges massive election turnout

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Iranians to turn out massively in the June 14 presidential election in a bid to deal a telling blow to enemies of Iran.

The Leader said in a speech on Wednesday that the Iranians should vote for a pious and revolutionary presidential candidate.

“In short, the main criterion should be this: Those whose efforts are directed at preserving the dignity of the country and its march towards the realization of the goals of the revolution,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.

“[The next president] should be firm and determined. He should trust in God and keep himself protected by the remembrance of God and then enter the race,” the Leader noted.

Ayatollah Khamenei also called on the top overseeing body Guardian Council to vet presidential hopefuls for their qualifications based on the body’s constitutional responsibility.

A total of 686 individuals have signed up for the presidential race. They will be vetted by the Guardian Council, which is a 12-member body consisting of six jurists and six theologians, who in addition to vetting hopefuls are tasked with confirming the election results.

The Guardian Council has until May 21 to announce the final list of candidates.

By Press TV


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