June 2, 2021
IRIB Changes Dates of Candidates’ Debates
The IRIB has decided to change the dates of the candidates’ debates as they will conflict with the Iranian national football team’s World Cup Qualifier matches. The first debate will now take place on Saturday June 5, two days earlier than originally scheduled, with the second and third debates moved to Tuesday June 8 and Saturday June 12 respectively. This marks a reversal of IRIB’s policy; on Monday, the Director of the IRIB refused a request by the Ministry of Interior to change the dates.
May 31, 2021
Disputed Dates of Presidential Debates
A spokesman for the Presidential Election Headquarters announced that the dates of the Presidential candidates’ debates (June 7, 11 and 15) will have to move as they coincide with World Cup Qualifiers for the Iranian national football team. In order to get the maximum audience, the debates will be held on different nights, to be announced soon, but more likely they will be held the night before or after the football matches. However, later in the day, the Director of the IRIB, the national broadcaster, said that the dates and times are definite and will not change, and the times will not conflict with the football matches.