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5/11/05

105 candidates register for Iran's presidential election

Source: IRNA, Photos: ISNA

Some 105 candidates, including eight women, registered at the Interior Ministry in Tehran on Tuesday as candidates for the upcoming presidential election slated for June 17.

The Interior Ministry has announced that prospective candidates will have five days to register for next month's poll.

The Interior Ministry is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to register potential candidates during the period.

The hopefuls included unknown people namely eight women, IRNA correspondent reported from the headquarters for registration at the Interior Ministry.

According to the Constitution, women, however, are barred from the standing.

Four clerics and some cultural figures, workers and clerks also registered for the poll.

The names of candidates deemed qualified to run is scheduled to be announced on May 25 and 26.

Campaigning begins on May 27 and continues until June 15.

In the 8th presidential election, held in June 2001, 67 people registered as candidates for the presidency.

There was no key personality from the two main political parties, the reformist and fundamentalist, to register for the poll to succeed President Khatami, according to IRNA correspondent.

It is expected that some political or social figures will refer to the Interior Ministry to register their names while some personalities will formally confirm their candidacy on Wednesday.

After the deadline of registration process for the upcoming poll, the Interior Ministry would refer the files of all registered candidates to the Guardian Council to approve or reject their qualification.

Rafsanjani decides to join 9th presidential election race

Director General of the Expediency Council's Public Relations Department Reza Soleymani said here Tuesday that the Council's Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has decided to take part in the 9th presidential election campaign.

Speaking to IRNA, he said finally he made the final decision and put an end to all anxieties.

The candidates are expected to register for the elections during five consecutive days until May 14.

The Interior Ministry will pass related documents to the Guardian Council (GC) after the five-day deadline to examine the qualifications of contenders within ten days.

Some 814 nominees had signed up for the 8th presidential elections in May 2001, 10 of whom had their qualifications approved by the Guardian Council.

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