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'Iran elections free, competitive': First Vice President

Report Source: Press TV

Iranian First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi says the Islamic Republic prides itself on elections that are "free and competitive." "Elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran, after the revolution [of 1979], have been one of the most essential pillars of democracy," Rahimi said on Tuesday.

Sign Language Interpreter by Mana Neyestani

He added that in Iran an "election law is in place" and that "authorities are elected by the people in the form of executive delegations" to evaluate the elections.

"Ultimately the Guardian Council, which has prominent legal representative as members, reviews the process; therefore, elections in Iran are among the freest elections in the world."

The Iranian official also addressed the disqualification of a number of candidates as part of the legal vetting process prior to any elections.

"In all countries there are conditions and rules based on which candidates are either approved or disqualified, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, too, has its own regulations," Rahimi stated, adding that any possible mistake will be reviewed by relevant authorities.

The remarks come ahead of Iran's ninth Majlis (parliament) election, which is scheduled to be held on March 2.

According to Iran's electoral law, potential candidates must be Iranian in nationality, of sound body and mind, between 30 to 75 years of age, have no criminal record, uphold the values of the Islamic Republic, abide by the Iranian Constitution and hold a master's degree.

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