Elections Moving to Top Gear

Elections Moving to Top GearElections Moving to Top Gear

With the stage set for qualified Majlis hopefuls to launch electoral campaign, it's time for the political contest to heat up.

Those deemed eligible by the Guardians Council, the election vetting body, have one week starting on Thursday to launch their campaigns.

This is while the final list for another election of this month, the Assembly of Experts, a body tasked with selecting the Leader of the Islamic Republic and overseeing his performance, was published on February 10 and the 161 approved candidates were authorized to start their campaign on February 11.

The Guardians Council finished looking into complaints of disqualified candidates on Tuesday and the final list of qualified Majlis candidates was to be released on Wednesday.

After investigating the records of 12,123 individuals registered to run for the parliamentary polls, the body announced on Wednesday that it has approved 6,233 candidates and excluded 5,223, while 612 withdrew from the race.

Statistically, nearly 51% of candidates have been approved to vie for 290 seats, almost 21 for every seat of the legislative body.

About 55 million Iranians with over 18 years of age are scheduled to cast their votes in the parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections on February 26.

There are 290 seats in the Majlis distributed in 207 electoral districts.

On the other hand, 31 constituencies would elect 88 theologians for the Assembly of Experts.