Ali Larijani

After Iran’s Guardian Council chief criticized the municipal elections process in his Friday sermon, the parliamentary speaker reacted today, saying the head of the council must be misinformed.

The Khaneh Mellat website reports that Ali Larijani, the head of Parliament, said on Saturday May 18 that the city council elections are being carried out in an “accurate” way, adding: “All supervision is being carried out according to the relevant statutes, and the public should not be made to doubt the process.”

Ahmad Jannati, the head of the Guardian Council, which oversees the eligibility criteria for presidential candidates, said during the Friday mass prayers that supervision of the municipal elections amounts to “zilch.”

Ali Larijani said, however, that the process is going as planned and there is no cause for concern.

The determination of the eligibility of city council candidates is handled by Parliament, and the Guardian Council has no say in it.

City council elections will be held on June 14 at the same time as the presidential election.