May 16, 2021
Guardian Council: Restrictions on Campaigning
Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, the spokesman of the Guardian Council, announced that restrictions would be placed on campaigning due to COVID. Large gatherings and rallies will be banned and most campaigning will take place in the media. Public advertising and speeches would be approved or limited based on the region of the country and the local COVID conditions. Once the candidate list is announced, the approved candidates will have until June 16 to promote their material. Two days before the election, on June 18, an election blackout will be enforced, as per the law.
May 14, 2021
Candidates who Register without Masks Should be Disqualified
Minu Mehrz, a spokeswoman for the National Anti-Corona Headquarters, today said that people who turn up to register for presidential candidacy without wearing masks should be disqualified. Mehrz said that the Ministry of Interior is responsible for refusing individuals without masks from Election Headquarters, adding that “the Ministry of Interior should increase the strict observance of the rules, they should not let anyone in without a mask, in this situation, everyone should wear a mask”.
May 5, 2021
IRIB Poll: Only 50% Turnout
A survey carried out by the national broadcaster found that on 51% of Iranians intended to vote in this election, with roughly 70% expressing concern that family members will contract COVID due to the election. The participation rate is 20% lower than in similar polls four years ago.
April 21, 2021
Rouhani hints at Postponing of Election
In a cabinet meeting today, a seemingly innocuous statement by President Hassan Rouhani is being interpreted as hinting at a possible postponement of the election. On the issue of nuclear negotiations, Rouhani told the cabinet, “we are not wasting a single second of time, and we will continue even if the elections are held in 2022”. One interpretation is that Rouhani was referring to the limited time left in his presidency, and that he was not going to leave nuclear negotiations to the next administration but would continue his efforts. Others have interpreted his statement in light of unconfirmed rumours that elections could be postponed because of the dire COVID situation in Iran.
April 12, 2021
Registrations of Candidates will take Place in Person
A spokesperson from within Iran’s electoral body announced that the registration of candidates will continue to be in person despite much of the country being under COVID restrictions. However, he added that the Ministry of Interior was making all the necessary arrangements to conform with health protocols. The registration for Presidential candidature opens on May 11 and closes on May 15. The last day of registration of candidates is usually hectic, with many high-profile figures waiting until the very last minute to reveal their intention to run.