May 16, 2021
Approved Candidates Announced on May 27
Jamal Araf, the head of the Electoral Board at the Ministry of Interior, told the media that the registered candidates have been sent to the Guardian Council for approval, and the expected result of their vetting is on the sixth of the Persian month of Khordad (May 27). However Araf added that the Guardian Council may make an announcement earlier if it takes less time. Only 592 people nominated for this election, down from 1,636 in the last election four years ago. This drop in numbers reflects the effect of COVID on the country, but also may reflect the general disillusionment in Iranian society regarding the political process.
April 8, 2021
Ministry of Interior: Our Plan is to Encourage Participation
A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Jamal Aref, in a conference with provincial governors, stated that the Ministry’s planning for the elections was focused on promoting the political process and encouraging participation. The Ministry of Interior, which also controls the police and internal security, is responsible for running elections, counts all votes and confirms results, as there is no electoral body in Iran that is legally independent from the state. Aref’s comments were in the context of the Presidential election and local council elections, which will take place on the same day.