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Iran's Guardian Council selects presidential candidates from only 40 people

The Guardian Council in Iran disqualified hundreds of candidates for not fulfilling the documents necessary to run, while it kept a list of 40 candidates for the presidential elections in its 13th session scheduled on June 18, out of 592 people who submitted their files in recent days.

"It is not possible to predict the number of candidates that the council will approve," said Abbas Kadkhdae, spokesman for the Guardian Council, which is responsible for examining the eligibility of candidates for the presidency and announcing the final candidates who will enter the race.

Kadkhdaei added that only 40 candidates would be considered for their qualifications. Iran closed the door to registration for candidacy, and the Iranian Election Commission announced that 592 citizens, including 40 women, had registered applications. The names would then be submitted to the Guardian Council, which has the authority to approve the final approval of running for the elections. The competing names are scheduled to be announced by May 27, to begin. The next day, a twenty-day election campaign.

The number of voters in Iran is 59 million and 310 thousand 307 people, of whom one million and 392 thousand and 148 people are participating for the first time in the elections. Propaganda campaigns will begin for a period of 20 days from May 28 to June 16, and on June 17, the country will enter a period of electoral silence.

Elections will be held to choose the successor to moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who is close to completing two consecutive terms, and is constitutionally not entitled to run for a new term.

The by-elections also coincide with the Shura Council and the Assembly of Leadership Experts, and the names of the candidates were registered on April 3 for a period of 7 days.

About 3 months before the presidential elections scheduled for next June 18, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, in a speech addressed to the Iranians on the occasion of Nowruz, affirmed that “This year, 1400 (in Persian date), is a sensitive and important year, because of the elections that will be held at its beginning. In the month of Khordad. "