0947 GMT July 06, 2022
Iran’s Constitutional Council has made no final decision yet on the list of the presidential candidates, said the vetting body’s spokesman.
Speaking after a Wednesday meeting of the Constitutional Council for vetting the registered hopefuls, Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaee added today, the council’s second meeting for evaluating the potential candidates was held and their files and documents were discussed, IRNA reported.
He noted that like the previous one held on Monday, in this meeting, the council members voiced their opinions about the hopefuls and their files and documents.
Kadkhodaee gave the assurance that the final list will be announced as scheduled (by May 27).
Dismissing rumors and speculations about the qualification or disqualification of the hopefuls, he stressed that the council has made no final decision yet, calling for a refrainment from spreading rumors.
On Sunday, the Constitutional Council started the vetting process following the expiration of the deadline for the registration of the hopefuls.
The long list of the potential candidates includes big names such as Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi, First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, and former Parliament speaker Ali Larijani.
Some of the other senior former and incumbent officials on the list are Saeed Jalili, a former nuclear negotiator under ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Chairman of Tehran’s City Council Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani; a former director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi; former president Ahmadinejad; and Mostafa Tajzadeh, a former deputy interior minister.
Other dignitaries include Rostam Qassemi, Hossein Dehqan and Saeed Mohammad, all former commanders at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
Mohsen Rezaei, the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, is also among the registrants.
On Sunday, Kadkhodaee said to qualify as a presidential candidate, a hopeful must secure at least seven votes in favor from the 12-member vetting body.
On Friday, he had noted that the body’s recent interpretation of the law governing the necessary qualifications of presidential hopefuls will serve as the yardstick for vetting the candidates, according to Press TV.
In order to separate out a large number of individuals who register every four years as potential candidates with very basic, or no qualifications, on May 5, the Constitutional Council approved an amendment to a measure that it had ratified earlier to clarify the criteria that apply to candidates applying for the post of president, according to Press TV.
Accordingly, presidential hopefuls must be between 40 and 70 years of age, hold at least a master’s degree or its equivalent, have work experience of at least four years in managerial posts (with specific criteria of its own), and have no criminal record. Notably, top military commanders, with the status of major general and higher are also allowed to run.
Iran’s 13th presidential vote will be held on June 18, concurrently with the country’s sixth City and Village Council as well as mid-term parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections.