First reformist candidate registers for Iran’s presidential elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 7 /Trend, D.Khatinoglu/
The first reformist political figure registered for the upcoming presidential elections on May 7, Mehr reported.
The Secretary General of the Democratic Party (Mardomsalari) Mostafa Kavakebian said during registration that the reformist parties should unite around one candidate. Green is his supporters' symbol.
Previously, during the 2009 presidential elections, reformist candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi who now are under house arrest named green as their campaign colour.
Kavakebian's rival Hassan Rouhani who registered on May 7 chose violet as his campaign colour.
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.