Principlists to Plan Effective Election Campaign

Principlists to Plan Effective Election CampaignPrinciplists to Plan Effective Election Campaign

Members of the Principlist Coalition held their second meeting in Tehran on Thursday to organize a massive and effective campaign for the upcoming Feb. 26 elections of Majlis and Assembly of Experts.

Chairman of Principlist Coalition Council Ayatollah Ali Movahedi Kermani said in the meeting that forging unity among principlist parties is of utmost importance, Fars News Agency reported.

Explaining the effect of unity, Kermani said Iran has been able to foil the enemies' plot only through unity, adding that in the current situation where the US is trying to infiltrate in the country, the need for solidarity among principlists is being felt more than ever.

"Representatives of the next Majlis should uphold the values of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and take daring and firm stances against the bullying tactics of the US," he said.

The chairman said differences in political tastes should not lead to divisions among principlists and they should join hands to choose the "fittest", without pursuing partisan interests.

Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Reza Taqavi, the head of the Policymaking Council of Iran's Friday Prayer Leaders and a prominent principlist figure, said in the meeting that principlist candidates for elections will be chosen based on the "Principlist Charter".

Taqavi explained that the charter is a set of criteria based on the guidelines of the late Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, and Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on identification of the best candidates.

The Principlist Coalition is a body formed to organize the electoral efforts of principlist parties and help them preserve their majority in parliament. The Interior Ministry started the preliminary vetting process of candidates on December 26 and ended it on January 4.

From the total number of registered candidates for Majlis elections, an all-time record of 12,123, nearly 90% of nominees passed the first phase of the vetting process by the Interior Ministry.

Disqualified candidates could appeal from January 6 to January 9, while their objections were addressed from January 10 to January 16.

In the second and last phase of the process, the Guardians Council will begin to investigate the candidates on January 17, while being advised by different government bodies such as the Ministry of Intelligence and the Ministry of Justice.

The final list of qualified candidates will be released on February 16 and they would be able to launch their campaign from February 18 to 25.