Guardian Council may approve up to 40 Iranian presidential hopefuls: Spokesman

Iran’s Guardian Council Spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei says the supervisory body might approve as many as 40 presidential hopefuls for the June 14 election.

Rejecting certain media speculations about the number of presidential hopefuls vetted by the Guardian Council, Kadkhodaei said on Saturday that the supervisory body “does not work based on numbers but based on criteria.”

The Guardian Council, a 12-member body, is tasked with vetting hopefuls for official candidacy and confirming the election results.

Kadkhodaei added that the council would announce the results to the Interior Ministry on Tuesday. The Ministry will declare the names of the final candidates within two days, after which the candidates can begin their formal electoral campaign.

The Iranian official said some of the presidential hopefuls may be invited to the Guardian Council to explain their plans.

The registration for the 11th presidential election of Iran ended on May 11, with 686 individuals having signed up for the race.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.

The Iranian Constitution stipulates that presidential candidates must be religious or political figures, be Iranian by origin, have Iranian citizenship, have managerial skills, have no criminal record, be trustworthy and pious, and have firm belief in the fundamental principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the country’s official religion.

By Press TV


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