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No rejection for political persuasions: GC spokesman

TEHRAN, Feb. 02 (Mehr News Agency) -- Guardians Council spokesperson Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaii has said if any parliamentary candidates have been rejected by the administrative commissions because of their political leanings, Guardians Council would bring them back to the election contest.

"We hope if the supervisory commissions have been mistaken in disqualifying candidates, the Guardians Council would study the cases with utmost care," Kadkhodaii told a press conference on Saturday.

Asked about the influence of the consultations which are underway about the rejected parliament hopefuls, the spokesman replied if the negotiations are going on within a legal framework, they would be influential.

Asked whether the supervisory commissions act in accordance with the administrative commissions, Kadkhodaii said, "No, they are different from each other; members of the supervisory bodies are appointed by the Guardians Council while the administrative commissions are chosen among the people."

Asked how it is possible that a cleric is disqualified for violating the Islamic rules, he said such professions do not guarantee person's innocence.

Asked if any negotiations have been held with the Guardians Council on the rejected candidates, the official said, "No one has talked to me and the secretary of the council."

Asked whether supporting the monitoring of Iran's parliamentary elections by the foreigners can be a reason behind some rejections, Kadkhodaii said "commenting" about the matter won't lead to banning the candidates from running, unless their comments suggest that they "uphold the idea" of foreign monitoring.

Rejected hopefuls can protest until Feb. 5

He also said some 106 hopefuls have not protested their rejection by administrative bodies.

Ebrahim Razini, the chairman of the electoral supervisory commission of the Tehran constituency, told the Mehr News Agency that on Saturday, the result of studying the appeals to the supervisory commissions by the rejected candidates for the Tehran constituency were released to the Tehran governor's office.

And according to the election law the governorates today brief the candidates on the results of the petitions for reconsidering their competence by the vetting bodies, he noted.

The candidates who have not been endorsed at this stage have the time to file their petitions to the Guardians Council until February 5.

Fundamentalists are fully united

Society of Combatant Clergy spokesman, Qolam-Reza Mesbahi-Moqaddam, told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday that conservatives will campaign in a united way nationwide.

He dismissed reports that the United Fundamentalist Front (UFF) has failed to reach consensus on a united candidate list.

On reformists' criticism of the disqualifications, he said supervisory commissions' verdicts are not final.

Probably the negotiations by prominent reformist figures on the requalification of the rejected hopefuls could be helpful, he noted.

People ready to say a new word

Meanwhile, Rasoul Montajabnia, deputy secretary general of the National Trust Party, told Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) on Saturday that there is a deep rift among conservatives and they will never get united even temporarily.

However, he claimed that reformists are united. There may be various viewpoints and political persuasions among reformists but they agree on one thing and that is conducting reforms and not being satisfied with the present condition, he insisted.

Dismissing the idea of boycotting election, he said, "It is true that others have taken mistaken approaches but we should not act in a wrong way and give up our responsibility toward the Islamic Revolution."

All political movements, even the most conservative ones, are concerned about the current situation, he argued.

Reiterating that reformists should not leave the election scene, the cleric said "Today, like 1997 presidential elections, people are ready to say a new word."

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