Iran Releases List of Candidates Qualified to Run for President
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Interior Ministry released the final list of candidates, who were approved by the Guardian Council (GC) to run in May’s presidential election.
According to a statement released by the Interior Ministry on Thursday night, the list includes incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, the chief custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemitaba.
The Iranian vetting body (the GC) had examined the qualifications of more than 1,600 individuals who had submitted their names for registration as candidates in the upcoming presidential election slated for May 19.
After the conclusion of the process of the registration, the Guardian Council had five days for the vetting process.
The final candidates would have 27 days for electoral campaigns, before the election day on May 19.
The number of eligible voters in the upcoming election is estimated to be around 1.5 million higher than the 50.5 million in the previous round four years ago.