Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday criticized a plan to amend the Presidential Elections Act, saying it is in contravention of the Constitution. On Sunday, MPs approved the generalities of the plan which calls for the revision of the Presidential Elections Act.
“No matter what the fate of the plan will be, the move itself goes against the Constitution, and the people’s time and money should not be used for this plan,” Ahmadinejad said.
The people’s vote and their entitlement to free elections have been enshrined in the Constitution, he said, adding that it violates the Constitution to devolve the examination of presidential candidates’ qualifications to a group which have not received their mandate from the people.
It is also illegal to only allow those candidates who have obtained the approval of certain officials to run in the election, he said.
“If you want to change the Constitution, announce it openly. It has its own mechanism,” he added.