More than 12,000 Iranians Applied for Parliament Race: Minister
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The number of Iranians who registered to run for a seat in the parliament in upcoming votes has more than doubled compared with the previous term, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said.
A total of 12,123 persons have registered to run in the parliamentary elections, slated for late February, the minister announced on Saturday.
It means that 42 people have signed up for candidacy to garb each seat in the parliament, he added.
The minister had announced earlier that the final list of the qualified candidates will be released on February 17.
There will be 290 sets in the Iranian parliament up for grabs.
As regards the Assembly of Experts elections, due to be held simultaneously with the parliamentary elections on February 26, the minister explained that 801 people have registered, showing a 62 percent rise in comparison with the previous term.
The 88-member Assembly of Experts is a high-ranking body that elects leader of the Islamic Revolution.
Members of the assembly are directly elected to office by people for an eight-year term. It holds biannual meetings to appoint a new chairman.