Over 280 Hopefuls Register for Iran’s Run-off Parliamentary Elections
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – More than 280 individuals registered to run for a seat in Iran’s parliament in the run-off elections slated for May.
Before the seven-day deadline for registration of candidates for the run-off parliamentary elections ended on Saturday, 282 persons, 271 men and 11 women, registered as candidates.
According to the schedule, the process of vetting the candidates began on Sunday, March 5, and will last for 10 days.
The polls will be held in four constituencies concurrently with the presidential votes and City and Village Councils elections across the country.
Iran will simultaneously hold the 12th round of presidential election and the 5th City and Village Councils elections on May 19, 2017.
Enrolment of those willing to run for president will take place on April 11-15 and registration of candidates for the City and Village Councils is slated for March 20-26.
Every four years, people in Iran vote for who they want to be their president.
In the previous presidential election in 2013, Hassan Rouhani won the polls, securing just over 50% of the votes and so avoiding the need for a run-off.
Members of the city and village councils across Iran are also elected by public vote for a 4-year term.
According to article 7 of the Iranian Constitution, the local councils, together with the parliament, are “decision-making and administrative organs of the State”.