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Iran: Reformist candidates not on coalition's list will pull out

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- The spokesman for the election commission of the reformist coalition, Abdollah Naseri, said on Sunday that the candidates whose names are not included on the reformists' final list will pull out in favor of other candidates.

The reformists did so in the previous parliamentary elections to reinforce the reformists' coalition, he told Mehr News Agency.

Insisting that all future plans and activities of the coalition depend on the results of the vetting, Naseri said, "We will make our final decisions after the screening process is finished."

750 of the registered involved in legal cases

Up to now, the result of inquiries about the candidates' records shows that 750 of them have been involved in legal cases, an Interior Ministry official said on Sunday.

This number also includes all those who have been acquitted in court, Hossein Zebhi told Mehr.

Zebhi added, "Although all these candidates have not been convicted, we have the obligation to report their records to the Interior Ministry."


Mehr News Agency sought the views of the chairman of the electoral supervisory commission of the Tehran constituency about the Guardian Council's criteria for vetting the parliamentary candidates and a couple of other issues regarding the elections.

"When a person is going to hold a legislative or executive post it is not basically assumed that he or she is innocent," Ebrahim Razini noted.

If the GC does not confirm that a person is qualified enough for candidacy, it does not mean that he can not be appointed to other posts in the future, he said.

Some people, who voice concern that the legislative elections might not be fair, are playing into the hands of the enemies of the Islamic system, Razini insisted.

Asked about those whose qualification have not been confirmed in the previous parliamentary elections, the official said they would be judged based on the previous screening unless they prove they are qualified by providing new documents.

The candidates will be informed about the reasons why they have been found unqualified, he stated, adding that the reasons would not be declared publicly.

Off course, the GC would not be responsible if the explanation did not convince them, Razini added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Razini said the fact that some candidates are involved in legal cases does not suffice for disqualifying them.


In a statement released on Sunday, reformists said the oversight and administrative bodies may act 'subjectively' in assessing the qualifications of candidates.

The administrative and oversight bodies must only observe the law in the vetting process, the statement said. It warned that any extensive and illegal disqualifications would endanger a fair and competitive election.

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