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Iran Guardian Council endorses credentials of 166 for Experts Assembly polls

Jan 27 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

 

The council, which vets candidates for general elections, wed out 634 hopefuls who had registered to run for the February 26 elections, Hossein-Ali Amiri said on Tuesday.

He added that 37 candidates would be vying for seats in the 88-member Assembly at Tehran Province constituency.

Amiri said the disqualified candidates will have two days to appeal with the Guardian Council. The council will examine their requests during three days.

Grandson of Iran’s Khomeini excluded from elections

Jan 26 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

The grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic on Iran, has been excluded from contesting elections next month, his son said Tuesday.

Hassan Khomeini, a 43-year-old cleric with close ties to Iranian reformists, was not verified as having sufficient religious competence by the Guardian Council, his son Ahmad said on his Instagram account, despite “testimony from dozens of religious authorities”.

Iran cancels plans to hold Feb. elections electronically: Spokesman

Jan 22 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran has called off plans to hold the two upcoming elections using electronic voting machines, Spokesman for Iran’s Guardian Council (GC) Nejatollah Ebrahimian announced.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Wednesday, Ebrahimian pointed to a meeting of the GC earlier in the day and said the issue of using electronic ballot boxes in the upcoming elections was raised in the session and the majority of the GC members voiced their opposition to the plan.

Leader encourages large voter turnout

Jan 21 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Jan 20, IRNA – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday urged preparing the ground for large turn out of people for the upcoming February elections.
 
He made the remarks in a meeting with the officials in charge of holding the upcoming elections in the country.

Majlis (parliament) and Assembly of Experts elections are scheduled for February 25, 2016.

Fed-up Iranian women organize to take more seats in parliament

Jan 19 2016
Iran
Source: 
Al Monitor

Nine women and 281 men. Such is the composition of the Iranian parliament. Rights activists believe this lopsided gender imbalance is one reason why so many discriminatory laws against women have been passed by the current legislature, in office since 2012. Ahead of the upcoming Feb. 26 parliamentary elections, a group of women's rights activists organized Changing the Male-Dominated Face of the Parliament, a campaign to address the dearth of women in the legislature.

Seddiqi advises electing MPs fully alertly, piously

Jan 01 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Jan 1, IRNA – Provisional Friday Prayers Imam of Tehran Hojjatoleslam Kazzem Seddiqi referring to two major elections ahead in months said here on Friday that full alertness and piety are needed for voting in February Parliamentary and Leadership Experts Assembly elections.

‘We need to elect representatives in those two elections to be considerate, to safeguard the martyr’s blood, to be farsighted, to safeguard the national security, to be the best possible and fittest for the purpose, and not to put Iran’s national security at stake,’ he said.

Number of applicants for Iran parliament seats surpasses 10,000

Dec 26 2015
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – More than ten thousand Iranians have registered as of Friday noon to run for a seat in the parliament in elections slated for late February, an official announced.

Interior Ministry Spokesperson Hossein Ali Amiri said on Friday that 10,004 persons have registered to run in the parliamentary elections, 960 of whom are women.

Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli had announced that the number of female applicants have risen by 3 percent compared to the previous term.

Jannati: Guardian Council to observe freedom in elections

Dec 25 2015
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Dec 25, IRNA – Tehran’s Friday Prayers substitute Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said that Guardian Council will observe law, tranquility and freedom in the upcoming elections.

Referring to the Majlis (parliament) and Assembly of Experts elections, the ayatollah said in his second sermon here on Friday that election is honor of Islam, Muslim and the regime, so it should be held widely, securely and differences should not have any affect on election.

Rafsanjani signs up list of candidacy for Experts Assembly election

Dec 21 2015
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Dec 21, IRNA – Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Monday registered for the 5th Experts Assembly election, slated for February.

Speaking to reporters, Ayatollah Rafsanjani said the Experts Assembly is the pivot, basis and pillar of Islamic Revolution.

He said in the next few months, the new Experts Assembly and Majlis will be formed – both playing key role in country’s destiny.

He added those winning public votes will shoulder grave responsibility.

 

Iran ‘examining’ possible successors to Khamenei

Dec 14 2015
Iran
Source: 
The Times of Israel

Iran has begun looking for a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, a top Iranian official said Sunday.

In comments translated by Reuters, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told the country’s ILNA news agency that the Assembly of Experts, the body responsible for electing the Islamic republic’s supreme leader, “will act when a new leader needs to be appointed. They are preparing for that now and are examining the options.”

Iran's parliament backs nuclear deal

Oct 13 2015
Iran
Source: 
BBC

Iran's parliament has approved a deal on its nuclear programme agreed with six world powers, state media say.

The deal was passed with 161 votes in favour, 59 against and 13 abstentions, the official IRNA news agency said.

However, parliament insisted that international inspectors would have only limited access to military sites.

The agreement, struck in July, authorises the lifting of sanctions in return for Iran curbing sensitive nuclear activities.

Leader ends debate over council’s role in elections

Sep 10 2015
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Following efforts by President Hassan Rohani to limit the role of the Guardian Council in the elections, Iran’s Supreme Leader sided with the conservatives, emphasizing the legitimacy of the Guardian Council as the final authority on the election process.

In a speech on Wednesday September 9, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the importance of the approaching parliamentary elections and maintained that all elections under the Islamic Republic regime have been legitimate and without reproach.

Assembly chief claims authority over elections for Guardian Council

Sep 02 2015
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

In response to President Hassan Rohani’s statements about the limited role of the Guardian Council in the elections, the head of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, said on Tuesday September 1 that the council has jurisdiction over the approval of candidates.

At the meeting of the Assembly of Experts on September 1, new chairman Ayatollah Yazdi referred to the two upcoming elections. Without naming the president, he said the Executive Branch is changed with running the elections and the Guardian Council is charged with monitoring them.

Interior ministry says new reformist party needs permit for political activity

Aug 31 2015
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Iran’s Ministry of Interior announced on Monday August 31 that the Union of Islamic Nation of Iran does not have the necessary permit to begin political activities.

Mehr News Agency reported on Monday that Hossein Ali Amiri, a spokesman for the interior ministry said: “The procedure is such that the Article 10 Commission issues a permit to establish the party. However this permit is only sufficient to form the party. The permit to begin political activities has to be then issued by the ministry of interior.”

Head of new reformist party briefly arrested

Aug 31 2015
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Fars News Agency reported on Monday morning that Ali Shakourirad, the head of the newly formed reformist party, Union of Islamic Nation of Iran, was reportedly arrested on August 31. Later news of the day, reflected in some media outlets such as Kaleme website, reported that Shakourirad was released on bail on Monday evening.

The charges for the arrest were reportedly described as past offences and persistence in “seditious” activities.

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