Iranian national media provide each presidential candidate with 10 hours of publicity programs

Iran Materials 7 May 2013 16:09 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May.7/ Trend F.Karimov/

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB or the national Iranian TV and radio organization) will provide each of the presidential candidates with 10 hours to introduce their plans, the IRIB head Ezzatollah Zarghami stated.

Each of the candidates will be provided 6 hours in the national TV and 4 hours on the national radio, he said.

The official registration of candidates for Iran's 11th presidential election formally kicked off today 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 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.

Iran will hold the 11th presidential election 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.