254 candidates register for Iranian Parliamentary elections

254 candidates register for Iranian Parliamentary elections

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 25 /Trend D.Khatinoglu/

Some 254 candidates have registered in the first day of registration for the Iran's 9th parliamentary elections, IRNA quoted Head of Parliamentary Elections Headquarter Seyed Solat Mortazavi.

Mortazavi said in a TV interview on Saturday evening that 245 men and 9 women registered in the first day.

He added that registration continues until Friday December 30, 2011 and its time will not be extended.

The registration process for elections in Iran has started on Dec.24.

Iran's reformists wings announced that they will not participate in upcoming elections.
Iran's Interior Ministry Chief Mustafa Mohammad Najar said earlier that there are 31 registration centers functioning in centra Iran provinces, and 207 more centers in the regions.

Najar added, that around 750 000 people are monitoring the registration process. The candidate registration is scheduled to go on for 7 days, and will end on Dec. 30.

According to the law, the candidates for parliamentary elections in Iran should adhere to the Constitution, the principles of the Islamic system and velayat-e faqih (rule of the supreme jurisprudent), and should have a master's degree or a qualification which is equivalent to a master's degree. All candidates should be vetted by the Guardian Council.

Parliamentary elections in Iran are held every four years. The next, ninth parliamentary elections will be held on March 2, 2012. The Iranian parliament has 290 members, but discusses the issue of increasing the number of members by ten people in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

According to Iranian media, there are 260 political parties in Iran, some of which operate as various societies, movements and other structures. Only 60 percent of them actually operate.

Iran's political spectrum actually consists of three camps - the reformers, conservatives and moderate supporters of both conservative and reformist wing of the ruling Iranian clergy. The camp of reformers includes 47 parties, conservatives - 35, moderate - 25.

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