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Iran's parliament narrows gap with Guardian Council on new election law

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA -- Member of Parliament in charge of drafting the bill to amend the election law Mrs Elahe Koulaei said on Saturday that the bill proposed by the president seeks the Guardian Council to fulfill its supervision as the body was used to do before the fourth parliament.

She said that the parliamentary Commission on National Security and Foreign Affairs has made modifications to the bill to that effect provided by the government to come to terms with the Guardian Council.

She said that since the bill respects the authority of the Guardian Council to the extent that it exercised before the fourth term of parliament (1992-1996), Majlis believes that the Guardian Council will accept the new bill.

Koulaei said that Majlis believes that the new bill will encourage further participation of the people in the parliamentary elections.

She said that the fourth term of the parliament had given extra authority to the Guardian Council which does not conform to the democratic process underway in the country and the parliamentary commission does not believe that the Guardian Council will insist on keeping the extra authority.

She said that the new bill has empowered the Guardian Council to exercise the Constitutional mandate to supervise the parliamentary elections and examine the complaints being lodged in the usual procedure after the elections.

Koulaei said that the new bill has envisaged to set up special courts to examine the complaints on violation of law in the process of general elections so that the court's ruling would be binding and effective.

She said that the new bill requires the candidates to be Muslim and faithful to the Islamic obligations and the Constitution of the Islamic Republic and Velayat-e-Faqih (Guardianship of Supreme jurisprudent) so the parliament has made modifications to narrow the gap with the Guardian Council to obtain an okay from the body for the new election law.

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