Iran General NewsRegistration begins for March 14 Majlis elections in Iran

Registration begins for March 14 Majlis elections in Iran


Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 05 – Registration began on Saturday for parliamentary elections to be held later this year in Iran. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Jan. 05 – Registration began on Saturday for parliamentary elections to be held later this year in Iran.

Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) currently has 290 seats.

Elections are due on March 14. Of Iran’s population of 70 million, some 43.7 million people over the age of 18 are eligible to take part in the vote.

As in the past, all candidates taking part in the elections have to prove their allegiance to the doctrine of the velayat-e faghih (absolute supremacy of clerical rule) before being allowed to participate in the elections.

Iran refuses to allow United Nations observers to monitor its elections, and many Iran-watchers agree that polls in Iran are often rigged.

The Speaker of the hardline-dominated Majlis is currently Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, a key ally of Iran’s ultra-conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Adel’s daughter is married to Khamenei’s son, Mojtaba, who played a key role, according to informed sources in Tehran, in organising Iran’s security forces to manipulate the 2005 presidential elections and give the presidency to Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad’s victory in the presidential race was widely believed to have been achieved with the systematic aid of both the powerful Guardians Council and the Revolutionary Guards. The results of the elections were not in line with pre-election polls which placed Ahmadinejad at the rear of the list of presidential hopefuls, and rival candidates charged at the time that the elections were rigged by the ultra-conservative camp.

Despite an announcement at the time by the Interior Ministry claiming polls were rigged and comments by one candidate, who told reporters that in some cities the number of ballots cast were greater than the number of eligible voters, the Guardians Council ruled that it found no vote fraud to have taken place.

The ultra-conservative Guardians Council, the religious theocracy’s highest vetting organ, is made up of six senior clerics and six judges who must all have the backing of Supreme Leader Khamenei.

Radical cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a close aide to Khamenei, heads the council.

For the 2004 parliamentary elections, the council barred more than 2,500 candidates who were not of the conservative camp, leading the pro-Ahmadinejad faction to take control of the Majlis.

Latest news

Iran: 60% Of Population Is Poor

The livelihood baskets of the Iranian people are shrinking dramatically. This, in turn, has introduced new concerns to protect...

The implications of EU’s terrorist designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

The European Parliament called on January 18 for the European Union to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a...

Iran’s Regime Is Hiding Human Rights Violations In Its Prisons

With more than four months into Iran’s latest round of nationwide uprisings, the brutality of the Iranian regime’s security...

How Internet Censorship Is Damaging Iran’s Economy

While in the last four months, internet access in Iran has been cut off or severely limited, the regime’s...

Iran Regime’s Upcoming Budget Bill Will Lead To More Protests

On January 12, the Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi handed over the country’s budget bill to the parliament.  According...

Iran Is Facing a Severe Shortage of Natural Gas

With the start of winter and cold season, the National Iranian Gas Company declared, "we have entered a gas...

Must read

France, Saudi concerned over Iran’s nuclear programme: French Defence Minister

AFP: French Defence Minister Herve Morin said Saturday that...

Germany, IAEA to discuss Iran nuclear activities

Iran Focus: London, Mar. 25 - German Chancellor Angela...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you