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Ahmadinejad told to play by the rules

Source: Press TV

The Guardian Council says it will not allow Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to carry out planned provincial tours in the run-up to the elections.

Ahmadinejad registering as presidential candidate

Ahmadinejad, accompanied by members of his cabinet, plans to pay a visit to the central Semnan Province and the city of Robat Karim in Tehran Province after officially signing up on Friday to run for another four-year term as president.

The Guardian Council said visits by President Ahmadinejad would be from now on regarded as part of his election campaign activity and must not make use of state facilities and funds, the Iranian web site Tabnak reported on Tuesday.

Like other presidential hopefuls, Ahmadinejad can use 'non-state' facilities for his campaign, affirmed the Guardian Council -- influential body responsible for supervising the elections and vetting candidates.

After months of leaving his candidacy in a blur, President Ahmadinejad accepted the challenge on Friday and officially registered for re-election.

While Ahmadinejad had earlier said that he would not launch an official campaign and that no government officials would be involved in his campaign, filmmaker and a presidential adviser on arts and culture Javad Shamaqdari said he intends to make a campaign video for the president.

Shamaqdari announced that he would produce the video in order to "put an end to the ever-growing speculations surrounding the issue."

Ahmadinejad's campaign slogan remains the same as it was four years ago with a focus on justice, morality and spirituality.

Presidential hopefuls to receive state websites

Iran's Supreme Council for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT) is to launch websites for presidential hopefuls to present their programs and policies.

SCICT director, Hamid Shahriari, made the announcement on Monday in an interview with the Fanavaran Etela'at daily.

"By setting up such websites, we aim to create a level playing field for presidential candidates in cyberspace," Shahriari said.

Recalling that state bodies are not allowed to participate in electioneering, Shahriari said, "Relying on its state position, the SCICT has entered this field with the intention of creating a free and equitable arena for presidential candidates."

"Our council has in the past established websites for candidates to the Assembly of Experts and the Majlis (Iran's parliament)."

He promised that "the promotional website for presidential candidates will be up and running soon."

This follows a May 6 announcement by lawmaker Javad Aryan, who is a members of the Parliament's Cultural Affairs Committee, that each presidential candidate would be allocated 45 hours of air time on state broadcast media.

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