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Iran Parliament approves bill on changing election law

Parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill on changing the election law for parliamentary poll that once enforced would make each province an electoral district, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Under the bill, the constituencies of elections will be the geographical boundaries of each province.

It stipulates that the candidates for parliamentary polls must be from a city in the province, and that those who win the highest number of votes in the province will get a seat at the parliament (Majlis) as the representatives of the city or the province.

The MPs approved that the number of candidates from a city will be decided according to the law determining the constituency of parliamentary polls passed in 1987, and the further amendments to the law.

Also, the candidates must be born in the city they will represent in parliament, must have previously been an MP from there or lived there for at least two years.

The parliament also agreed to consider religious minorities an exemption to the bill.

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