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The upcoming elections in Iran

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Wed 24 Feb 2016 - 14:25

TEHRAN (ISNA)- The Iranian people will go to the polls on Friday to elect jurisprudential experts for the fifth term of the Assembly of Expert as well as representatives for the 10th parliament.

The campaigning for the elections the preparations of which were made months ago will end on February 25, one day before the voting day.

The Guardian Council has set up executive committees to implement the measure. These committees started in December 2015 to evaluate the candidates' profiles and qualifications.

As a matter of principle, the four agencies called in to assist with the vetting, namely the Intelligence Ministry, the Judiciary, police and the Iranian Civil Registration Organization. This is while the Guardian Council is charged with overseeing the entire electoral process.

Some 12,123 people had registered for the parliamentary elections, out of which 10,815 were initially qualified by the executive committees.

This time, 4,720 people (42%) were approved and 3,113 (25%) disqualified by the supervisory committees. During this stage, 518 individuals withdrew applications. After objections were communicated to the Guardian Council, some 1,500 of the disqualified got approved, putting the number of contending parliamentary candidates at 6300.

As regards the Experts Assembly, 801 registered. Of the total number, some 537 people were required to sit a test, 400 of whom actually sat it. Later on, some 166 contenders were initially approved by the Guardian Council which was then cut down to 161 after the Council's revision. Some 16 women had registered, none of whom were qualified, Presstv reported.

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