Iran starts registration of presidential candidates

Indo Asian News Service

Tehran, April 11 (IANS) The registration of candidates for Iran's 12th presidential race started on Monday in Tehran, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced.

The registration will last for five days and all the hopefuls will undergo the subsequent vetting process by the country's highest legislative body, the Guardian Council of the Constitution, Xinhua news agency reported.

The council will assess the qualification of the applicants and announce the names of the qualified candidates by April 27.

The campaign for the presidential race will begin on April 28 and will continue till the end of May 17.

The hopefuls will have 20 days for electoral campaign, ahead of the election day slated for May 19.

According to the Press TV report on Tuesday, the candidate should basically be an Iranian national, prudent and capable of taking on leadership duties, and being religious and believing in the Islamic republic's principles and its official religion.