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32,000 candidates sign up for Iran local elections: Minister

Politics - Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar says 32,165 hopefuls have registered for the fourth City and Village Islamic Council elections.

Mohammad-Najjar said on Monday that 18 percent of the candidates would be running for the city councils and the rest for the village councils.

Registration for the City and Village Islamic Council elections ended on Monday. The hopefuls had seven days to sign up.

The elections are scheduled to be held on June 14, concurrent with Iran’s 11th presidential election.

Mohammad-Najjar said the process of reviewing the qualification of the hopefuls had begun and the results would be announced in ten days.

The candidates must be vetted by Iran’s Guardian Council for final qualification. After being vetted, the names of the qualified candidates will be announced on May 18.

The City and Village Islamic Councils are local establishments that are elected by public vote in all cities and villages throughout Iran. Council members in each city or village are elected for a four-year term.

According to the Iranian Constitution, these local councils together with Majlis are the decision-making and administrative organs of the state.

The City and Village Islamic Councils are in charge of electing mayors, supervising the activities of municipalities, planning and coordinating national participation in the implementation of social, economic, cultural, educational and other welfare issues.

In 2007, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called Islamic City and Village Councils “another symbol of administrating the country by people themselves.”


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