Iran's Guardian Council may hold meetings with candidates during vetting process
Azerbaijan, Baku, May.14/ Trend R.Zamanov
Iran's top constitutional supervisory board said that it may ask certain presidential hopefuls to discuss their plans with the body, the Tasnim News Agency reported.
Guardian Council Spokesman Abbas Ali Kad-Khodaei said that if necessary, the supervisory board will hold meetings with hopefuls during the vetting process.
He also said that the Council will release the final list of approved candidates to the Interior Ministry, which will then inform the media.
686 individuals signed up for Iran's 11th presidential election.
The Guardian Council is required to name the approved candidates by Friday. This period can be extended for five days.
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.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.