Iran presidential vote vetting process extended

Iran presidential vote vetting process extended
Thu May 16, 2013 16:43:10

Iran's Guardian Council has extended the deadline for announcing the names of approved candidates for the coming presidential election for five more days.

Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, the spokesman for the body, said on Thursday that the Guardian Council will have until May 21 to announce the final list of candidates.


Under Iran’s Election Law, the Guardian Council, the body tasked with the vetting process, is required to announce the list of approved hopefuls within five days after the end of registration. This period can be extended another five days if necessary.


After the vetting process is complete, the 12-member supervisory body will release the final list of candidates to the Interior Ministry, which will then publicize the roster.


Meanwhile, Ayatollah Mohammad Mo’men, a member of the Guardian Council, has said that the body might approve more than 10 candidates for the presidential election on June 14.


The registration for the country’s 11th presidential election ended on May 11, with some 686 individuals having signed up for the vote.

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