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1/18/04

Iran: Guardian Council starts reviewing complaints of elections hopefuls

The Guardian Council (GC) said on Sunday that it has started studying the complaints of Majlis elections hopefuls who have been disqualified from February polls, IRNA reported from Tehran.

GC spokesman Ebrahim Azizi told reporters at a news conference that the council would not be swayed by personal taste nor political bias in reviewing the complaints, stressing that this could take 20 days.

"It is not important for the GC who will get the ticket to the chamber," he said.

"The council has started reviewing the complaints of MPs case by case from two days ago and one cannot say what will be the outcome of the GC's studies."

Azizi stressed that if the supervision committees fail to produce concrete proof for disqualifying an MP from the next Majlis elections, the GC will act in accordance with its legal obligations.

He said the GC is an independent authority that has the final say on the disqualification of candidates, stressing that the decisions of the supervision committees are not always approved by the council.

Azizi said the GC will thoroughly review the disqualifications, adding that if the reasons given for the disqualifications are constitutional, they will be approved.

Karroubi: GC expected to strictly comply with Supreme Leader's guidelines

Tehran, Jan 18, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Mahdi Karroubi stressed here Sunday that the Guardians Council is expected to strictly comply with the guidelines offered by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on the qualification procedure.

Talking to reporters, he said the electoral body was expected to take the final decisions on disqualification of candidates for the 7th parliamentary election.

He further said the general assumption was that the GC, following the remarks of the Supreme Leader, would issue a statement to announce some changes in its manner in order to prove that it was following up the Leader's guidelines.

The speaker noted that the GC behavior made the Supreme Leader intervene, believing that the body's compliance with the Supreme Leader's guidelines would solve a major part of the problems.

He also referred to his joint session with the Guardians Council in which President Mohammad Khatami was also present, as sincere and friendly.

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