Iran’s Guardian Council

Iran’s Guardian Council, the powerful body that determines the eligibility of political candidates, announced that it has approved a policy to require concrete administrative plans from presidential candidates when it is deemed necessary.

Abbasali Kadkhodayi told Iranian state television that the body has decided to demand action plans from presidential candidates whose eligibility “presents doubts.”

The council had proposed the possibility of demanding presidential plans from candidates, and now, according to the spokesman, the council has approved the proposal.

“Presidential candidates have to be primarily from the politico-religious figures of the country,” Kadkhodayi said. “However, all politico-religious candidates are not eligible for running in the elections for they must also have the qualifications indicated in provision 115 of the constitution.”

According to the conditions laid out in that provision, a candidate must be “of Iranian origin, an Iranian citizen, resourceful, with a good track record of trustworthiness and piety, faithful and committed to the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the official religion of the country."

Iran’s presidential elections are set for June 14.