Iranian monitoring body qualifies 1,500 more parliament hopefuls

Iranian monitoring body qualifies 1,500 more parliament hopefuls

Tehran, Iran, February 6

By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

Iran's elections monitoring team has qualified 1,500 more hopefuls of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The 1,500 comprised 15 percent of the total hopefuls who had pled against their first-round disqualification. They had been disqualified by the Guardian Council which conducted a preliminary qualification of all the hopefuls.

Siamak Rahpeykar, spokesman of the elections monitoring team, said with the new results, 55 percent of all who had signed up for candidacy are now qualified, Tasnim news agency reported February 6.

He added that now 6,300 candidates are going to run for the parliament, a record in the history of elections in the Islamic Republic.

"Now 20 people are running for every seat in the Parliament," Rahpeykar said.

He also commented on the Assembly of Experts qualifications and said the final list of qualified hopefuls for the assembly will be published in four days.

The Parliament and Assembly of Experts elections are going to be held simultaneously on February 26.

The Assembly of Experts is responsible for monitoring the qualification of the Islamic Republic's leader as well as appointing a new one after a previous has died or ceases to qualify.

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