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Ahmadinejad Vows Impartiality in Upcoming Presidential Race in Iran

Feb 11 2017
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency

"I don’t and will not support any one, party or group. It is my decisive and unchangeable stance," Ahmadinejad said in a statement on Saturday.

He dismissed media reports claiming that Ahmadinejad plans to render support for a specific candidate during the May election as rumors, and said, "I clearly declare that such rumors and news are not true and are strongly dismissed even if they are quoted by people with close ties to me."

Iran after Rafsanjani

Jan 11 2017
Iran
Source: 
Al Jazeera

Rafsanjani’s death has created power vacuum in Iran’s political centre.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is right to be concerned about the loss of one of the leading members of Iran's religious establishment in an election year. "With the loss of Hashemi," he said on Sunday referring to the late Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, "I know no other personality with whom I had such a common and long-term experience in the peaks and valleys of this historic era."

Presidential election could let Iranian pollsters shine

Dec 09 2016
Iran
Source: 
Al monitor

During the lead-up to the 2013 Iranian presidential election, the earliest signs of Hassan Rouhani’s initially unanticipated victory came from a surprising source: high-quality polling conducted by Iranian pollsters. In the run-up to the presidential election in May 2017, all signs point to a greater availability of Iranian polling data than in the past.

Rouhani to Run for 2nd Term in Upcoming Presidential Election

Oct 25 2016
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency
TEHRAN (FNA)- Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli made the first official announcement about President Hassan Rouhani's bid to win a second term in office in the next year presidential election in Iran.

"Yes, I confirm that President Rouhani will be a candidate in the next presidential election," Rahmani Fazli said in an exlusive interview with FNA.

He said that Iran's election headquarters will launch official work in January 2017, and added, "Enrollment of candidates will take place on April10-14, 2017."

Rouhani presents 3 nominees for ministerial posts to parliament

Oct 23 2016
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has introduced three ministerial nominees to lead the Iranian ministries of sports and youth affairs, education as well as culture and Islamic guidance.

In a letter to Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday, Rouhani named his picks for the three vacant ministerial portfolios for votes of confidence.

The president proposed the current head of the National Library and Archives Organization of Iran, Reza Salehi Amiri, for the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Leader Outlines Policies of Iran's Elections

Oct 15 2016
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency

The Supreme Leader issued the decree according to Article 110 of Iran's Constitution and following his consultations with the country's Expediency Council.

Stipulating the electoral constituencies of Parliament and City Councils based on population, banning foreign funding for electoral campaigns, and preventing electoral offences are among the topics of election policies outlined by the Supreme Leader.

Registration for presidential election slated for April 11-15

Aug 11 2016
Iran
Source: 
The Iran Project

Tehran, Aug 11, IRNA – Elections director general of interior ministry announced that the enrolment of the candidates for next presidential election will take place on April 11-15, 2017.

‘The candidates of the 12th presidential election can enroll on April 11-15,’ Ali Pourali Motlaq said on Thursday.

He pointed out that the presidential candidates can engage in electoral campaign on April 28-May 18 after the Guardians Council reviewing their qualifications.

Buying votes ‘critical damage’ to elections integrity

Aug 06 2016
Iran
Source: 
Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN, Aug. 06 (MNA) – New spokesperson of the Guardian Council has admitted that buying and selling votes during elections damage the health of elections and should be seriously addressed.

Abbasali Kadkhodaei who was speaking in his press conference on Saturday announced the official acknowledgement of the fact of ‘trading votes’ after Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the Secretary-General of the Council had criticized the general trend earlier last week.

Iran's 2017 presidential election timeframe

Aug 02 2016
Iran
Source: 
Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) – While the official dates for the 2017 presidential election will be announced in Nov., Mehr News has drawn up dates based on the previous elections' timetables.

Following Ministry of Interior Affair’s letter to the Guardian Council suggesting to postpone the 2017 election day due to its concurrence with the fasting month of Ramadan, the Council in today’s session agreed to hold the presidential elections on 19 May 2017.

Larijani Reinstated as Parliament Speaker

May 29 2016
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Principlist camp won the first major rivalry with the reformists at the Iranian parliament after their nominee Ali Larijani was once again elected as the speaker of the legislature on Sunday.

Larijani won the post after earning 173 votes and defeated the reformists' candidate Mohammad Reza Aref who could win 103 votes. 5 lawmakers abstained.

Jannati next chair of Iran's Assembly of Experts

May 24 2016
Iran
Source: 
Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) – Ahmad Jannati was appointed as the chairman of 5th Assembly of Experts which began to work on Tuesday.

At the opening session of the 5th Assembly of Experts held on Tuesday morning in Tehran, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati was elected as the chairman of the 5th Assembly of Experts on Tuesday.

Accordingly, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati received 51 votes out of 86, Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini and Ayatollah Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi also got 21 and 13 votes, respectively.

MP decries unclear reason for candidate’s elimination

May 06 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Iranian MP Ahmad Tavakoli has expressed serious reservations about the Guardian Council’s disqualification of Minoo Khaleghi, the candidate who won the third-highest number of votes in Isfahan, and said the lack of transparency around this decision compromises the council’s credibility.

Tavakoli writes in his Telegram note that such an action is unprecedented and the public outrage is has triggered is only reasonable.

Number of female MPs reaches record high

Apr 30 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Iranian media report that Massoumeh Aghapour, Samieh Mahmoudi, Zahra Sai and Khadijeh Rabii managed to win the most votes in their ridings on Friday April 29.

In the first round, 14 women won seats in Parliament, although the fate of Minoo Khaleghi, the candidate who won the third-highest number of votes in Isfahan, which has five candidates in Parliament, is still unclear.

Khaleghi’s votes have been voided by the Guardian Council, but the Ministry of the Interior and President Hassan Rohani have opposed the council’s act.

Reformists lead in second round of elections

Apr 30 2016
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Unofficial results of the second round of parliamentary elections indicate that reformists are once more leading in most ridings. Four women, two independents and two reformists, in Shahreza, Borojen, Shabestar and Tabirz have won seats in parliament.

Elections Office announced that the counting has ended and the official announcement of the result will be done after the spuervisroy committees have approved the count.

The interior ministry has announced that the final results will be announced by 8 am local time.

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