17 candidates to compete for each seat at Iran’s parliament
Iran is gearing up to hold the eleventh parliamentary elections. The Guardian Council, which oversees the elections, has released the list of qualified candidates. The council has barred nearly one third of the current members of the parliament from running for the upcoming vote. Some 800 candidates were also disqualified by the Interior Ministry last month. Voters say this is good news for young and independent candidates.
Under the Iranian constitution, candidates need to get through a vetting process by the Interior Ministry and the Guardian Council before they can run for parliament. But surprisingly, many well-known members of the parliament, from among the conservatives and the reform camp, have been disqualified by the Guardian Council.
Those disqualified have five days to challenge the Guardian Council's ruling. In the past, the Council members were rarely observed to change their mind about disqualifications. More than 5,000 people have been qualified to take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections. That makes around 17 candidates will compete for each seat at the parliament this time.
The eleventh parliamentary elections will be held on the 21st of February.
Source: Press TV