President Rohani’s legal deputy, Elham Aminzadeh, has announced that the president will meet with the head of the Guardian Council to discuss the widespread rejection of election candidates.
The Guardian Council must approve the eligibility of every candidate before they are allowed to run in the elections. For the coming parliamentary election in March, reports indicate that over 50 percent of candidates have been disqualified.
Reformists have expressed serious concern that the actions of the Guardian Council amount to a sort of manipulation of the election outcome as their candidates are being denied the chance to run a campaign.
Aminzadeh told ISNA the president will speak to the council to make sure no candidate is erroneously disqualified.
The final list of approved candidates has not yet been published.
Hossein Marashi, the head of the Reformist Policy-making Council, was quoted as saying that only 30 of 3,000 reformist candidates have been approved by the Guardian Council.