Iran

Over 3000 register for Islamic Republic of Iran Majlis elections

Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar says over 3000 individuals have registered for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Mohammad-Najjar announced on Thursday that 3004 hopefuls had filed the documents by noon of the sixth day of registration.

Lauding Iranian nation’s zeal for the upcoming parliamentary elections, he added that 205 female hopefuls have also submitted their documents.

Registration for the ninth round of Majlis elections, which is scheduled to be held on March 2, 2012, began on December 24.

Potential candidates for the next Majlis elections have until December 30, 2011 to register, and officials have announced it is highly unlikely that the deadline will be extended.

According to Iran’s electorate laws, potential candidates must be Muslim, Iranian in nationality, of sound body and mind, between 30 to 75 years in age, have no criminal record, uphold the values of the Islamic Republic, abide by the Iranian Constitution and hold a master’s degree.

The Guardian Council, which is tasked with supervising the election, will then vet the candidates.

The last parliamentary election in Iran was held in 2008, in which the Principlist bloc won the majority of seats in the 275-seat chamber.

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