A bill ratified Sunday by the Iranian Parliament permits the Guardian Council to evaluate the plans of presidential candidates three months ahead of the elections.
The Iranian lawmakers ratified the bill with 191 votes in favor. It allows the Guardian Council to carry out a preliminary evaluation of the presidential candidates and assess their competence for the job.
According to the new measure, the GC can invite the presidential candidates three months before the election day in order to hear their plans.
The bill also requires the Intelligence Ministry, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Intelligence Department, General Inspection Organization of Iran, Supreme Audit Court of Iran, and other authorized organizations to provide documents and records relating to the candidates to the GC within 15 days after a request from the council.
In December, the Parliament dismissed a proposal that high-ranking military commanders should not be allowed to run for presidential election.
The next presidential election in June 2021 will be held simultaneously with city council and midterm parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections.
Candidates hoping to run in the next elections are to apply in early April for approval. The final list is to be announced by the Guardian Council in early June.
Under Iran’s law, an incumbent president cannot run for a third term if he has already served for two consecutive terms in office.