0528 GMT November 27, 2020
In an interview with Tasnim News Agency, Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs Jamal Orf said the presidential election in Iran will be held on schedule on June 18, 2021, without delay.
The Interior Ministry has proposed to hold the election in two days, which requires permission from the Guardian Council and the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus, Orf added.
Another idea for holding the presidential election under the coronavirus pandemic is to increase the number of polling stations from 60,000 to 80,000, he said.
The deputy minister also stated that the government is likely to declare a ban on public meetings of election campaigns, like the parliamentary runoff votes.
Under Iran’s Constitution, an incumbent president cannot run for a third term if he has already served for two consecutive terms in office.
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli also underlined that the presidential election will be held in close coordination with the Health Ministry, IRNA reported.
He said that Iran will also use experiences of other countries which have already held elections during the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the coronavirus outbreak in December 2019, many world events have been postponed.