Imam Ali KhameneiIran

Dos and Don’ts of Election Campaign in Supreme Leader’s View


A look at the remarks made by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei all throughout the last several years is indicative of a set of guidelines about the moves and actions that need to receive attention at the time of elections in Iran.

The Musts and Must Nots that could be extracted from Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks and speeches on different occasions are listed below.


–        Election race should be carried out within the frameworks of the Islamic Republic.

–        Remain committed to the Constitution and Imam Khomeini’s guidelines.

–        The borders with enemies shouldn’t faint.

–        Show dignity in your behavior.

–        Talk to your opponents and argue with them.

–        Act sincerely on the political scene.

–        Remain committed to the national security.

–        Use election as a means to make the enemies disappointed.

–        Rival for service (to the people).

–        Only claim what you can do and what is within your possibilities.

–        Be fair and act fairly.


–        Avoid impairing the country’s face.

–        Avoid disturbing the public opinion.

–        Never resort to unjust and cruel actions to win the race.

–        Never damage others’ reputation and face.

–        Avoid expanding differences into conflicts.

–        Never make a promise that you cannot do.

–        Never make a promise in violation of the law.

–        Never try to prove yourself at the expense of others.

–        Avoid misusing the state treasury.

–        Avoid making lavish expenses in presidential campaign.

–        Don’t turn the election into a means for authoritarianism.

–        Avoid tricks and deception.

–        Avoid launching a campaign similar to the common campaigns in the world.

–        Give up the winner-loser approach that is an annoying way of looking at election.

Iran’s Interior Ministry announced on Thursday the names of 6 candidates that have been qualified to run in the forthcoming presidential election, hours after it received the list from the Guardians Council – the clerical body charged with vetting candidates.

Iran’s election headquarters, in an official statement released on Thursday, declared the names of 6 candidates that have been qualified to run in the upcoming election.

The list includes incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) in the city of Mashhad and Expediency Council member Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi, former minister Seyed Mostafa Agha Mir-Saleem, and former Vice-President Seyed Mostafa Hashemi Taba.

The qualified candidates are permitted to campaign for election until 8 am May 18, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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