Iranian elections to go digital
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 18
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran plans to carry out the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2016 completely digitally, the country's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said, Iran's Fars news agency reported on March 18.
He made the remarks during a press conference in Tehran.
The minister went on to say that digital election will boost transparency as well as accuracy and speed of election, adding that the country has the needed infrastructures on the issue.
The ministry will employ the information technology experts on the issue, Rahmani Fazli said, adding that representatives from the parliament and the Guardian Council will be invited to discuss it.
Commenting on the interior ministry's plans for next Iranian calendar year (to start on March 21), Rahmani Fazli remarked that his ministry plans to get suggestions from individuals and groups about the electoral law of Iran.
The Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran or the Iranian Parliament is the national legislative body of the country. The Parliament currently has 290 representatives. The recent election took place on March 2, 2012 and the new parliament was opened on May 27, 2012.
All parliament candidates and all legislation from the assembly must be approved by the Guardian Council, which has 12 members, a half of them (clerics) are appointed directly by Supreme Leader and the remaining ones (law experts) are introduced by the Judiciary System and are qualified by Parliament.