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Candidates previously disqualified still banned for 2008 election: GC member

TEHRAN, Aug. 14 (Mehr News Agency) -- Candidates who were previously disqualified for are still disqualified for the 2008 parliamentary elections, a jurist member of the Guardian Council said here on Tuesday. "The reasons and documents which disqualified candidates in the last election are still in force and the principle stands on the disqualification of these persons," Ayatollah Abbas Kaabi told the Mehr News Agency.

However, each of these people still has the legal right to launch a new candidacy if they present new documents, he added.

Of course, the Guardian Council will make decisions based on the latest documents and if a person who had been disqualified in the past presents new documents or gives a convincing explanation for his past record, he will certainly be allowed to run in the election, he stated.

He went on to say that those candidates who were declared eligible in the past will again be permitted to run if they possess the necessary qualifications, as specified in the new election law.

"These persons will be rejected only if they do not meet the legal requirements based on the new explanations and documents."

On first-time candidates, Kaabi said such persons will be declared eligible only if they possess the necessary qualifications and meet the legal requirements.

However, if a person is rejected by the Guardian Council it does not mean that he is a criminal, he explained.

"Based on Article 28 of the election law, those persons who are committed to Islam and the sacred Islamic law and the Islamic Republic system and show loyalty to the Constitution and the modern principle of velayat-e faqih (rule by the jurisprudent) will be qualified.

"And those persons who disseminate the principles of secularism and liberal democracy and do not possess the requirements stated in the aforementioned article (Article 28) should not expect to be recognized as qualified."

As the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution has recommended, the only criterion for judging candidates' qualifications should be a "commitment to the observation of the law," he added.

The Guardian Council will meticulously and impartially assess the eligibility of candidates and will not allow a candidate's rights to be violated, he stated.

Kaabi also urged all persons and active political groups to prepare themselves for enthusiastic and sound parliamentary elections without any anxiety.

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