More hopefuls submit registrations for presidential elections in Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 7 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Two more candidates have submitted their registrations for the presidential elections in Iran, Mohammad Saeedikia and Kamran Bagheri Lankarani, Mehr news agency reported.
Saeedikia is an Iranian politician who served as government minister in different cabinets, the last of which was minister of housing and urban development from 2005 to 2009. Lankarani is a former Minister of Health and Medical Education of Iran. He is the founder and editor of Iran's first Journal of Medical electronics.
Prior to them, Iranian current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's former deputy on science related issues, Sadeq Vaez Zadeh was the first candidate to submit his registration to the electoral headquarters.
Official registration of candidates for Iran's upcoming presidential elections will last from 8:00 until 18:00 (local time) every day, and will end on May 11. More than 20 politicians from across the political spectrum have already announced their election bid. The majority of them are from the conservative camp.
From May 12-16, Iran's Guardian Council will look into the each candidate, and determine whether a candidate is eligible for participating.
If a candidate, for some reason is not eligible for participating in the elections according to the Guardian Council, then from May 17-21, that candidate will have time to protest the decision.
Iran's Interior Ministry will unveil the names of the candidates which are competitive enough to participate in the elections on May 22-23.
After the candidates have been determined, the pre-election campaigns would begin on May 24, and end on June 12. The elections themselves will be held on June 14, 2013.
The voters will select the successor of the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is not able to participate in the elections for the third term according to the country's constitutional laws.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.