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Over 7,000 hopefuls register for Iran's Majlis elections

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA - Some 7,129 applicants registered for parliamentary elections throughout the country, head of Interior Ministry Information Center Mohammad-Hossein Moussa-Pour announced on Saturday. He told IRNA that 1,278 hopefuls out of the total number have registered in the capital Tehran.

Moussa-Pour added that 6,549 applicants enrolled for the upcoming Majlis election, slated for March 14, are male.

Enrollment of candidates for the 8th Majlis elections started last Saturday morning throughout the country and ended Friday night.

The executive councils will have 10 days to study the competency of the hopefuls, Moussa-Pour reiterated.

The 8th Majlis election and the by-election for the Experts Assembly in the constituencies of Tehran, Qazvin, Ilam and East Azarbaijan provinces will be held concurrently on March 14.

All those having completed 18 years of age and above can participate in the elections and vote for hopefuls who run for the 290-seat parliament.

Belief in and commitment to Islam and the Islamic Republic of Iran, allegiance to the Constitution and Velayat-e Faqih, having good physical health, holding at least a master's degree or its equivalent, lack of criminal records and aged between 30 and 75 are among pre-requisites for the nominees.

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