2021-July-30 15:28
2021-June-17  14:48

Spokesman: Foreign Ministry Boosting Efforts to Hold Iran's Presidential Election Abroad

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry will double its effort to successfully hold the country's presidential election in foreign countries on Friday (June 18), ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced.

Khatibzadeh's remarks came after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei laid special emphasis on effective and efficient holding of June 18 presidential election on Wednesday.

He pointed out that the Iranian foreign ministry has expressed its readiness to hold presidential election in the best possible manner as merited and deserved by Iranians residing abroad.

Khatibzadeh recalled that Ayatollah Khamenei has called for making special arrangements with regard to holding presidential elections in polling stations abroad.

"The Iranian foreign ministry has notified start of presidential election process to all missions of the Islamic Republic of Iran abroad in December 2020," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman added. 

He reiterated that accordingly, the Iranian foreign ministry has delivered items and supplies needed for presidential election, including election tariffs in presence of representatives of the country's election headquarters and Guardian Council in April and subsequently sent them to all of its missions abroad.

"In this regard, 133 missions of the Islamic Republic of Iran and 234 polling stations abroad are ready to hold presidential elections," he said, adding, "Elections will be held in all countries, excluding three countries of Singapore, Yemen and Canada."

In relevant remarks on Monday, Khatibzadeh said that 234 polling stations will be available for the country's expatriates to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Khatibzadeh stressed that the foreign ministry is responsible for holding elections abroad in accordance with the law, adding, "234 poll stations will be available for Iranians abroad and more than 600,000 voting tariffs have already been sent to the related areas."

He went on to say that according to unofficial statistics more than 3 million Iranian expatriates are eligible to vote.

“3 countries, including Canada, have refused to cooperate with Iran in this process,” the spokesman said, criticizing that Canada not only refuses to cooperate with Iran on the issue of elections, but also it fails to meet the rights of Iranian citizens.

Khatibzadeh said that ballot boxes have been set up in 24 states of the US.

Iran will simultaneously hold the 13th presidential election and the 6th City and Village Councils Elections on June 18.

The election in which voters will pick a president for a four-year term will be held as the country is still grappling with the COVID-19 outbreak.

As stipulated in the Constitution, the President is elected for a four-year term by direct vote, and is allowed only two successive terms, although he can run for a third nonconsecutive term.

To run for president, a candidate must satisfy six key qualifications outlined in the Constitution, namely being an Iranian national and of Iranian origin, having “administrative capacity and resourcefulness” besides a good past record and the qualities of trustworthiness and piety. The President must also have a firm belief in the fundamental principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Islam, the official religion of the country.

Hopefuls need the approval of the Constitutional Council — a panel of six theologians and six legal experts — for running in presidential elections.

Presidents are elected with a majority of the vote. If no candidate manages to secure the threshold in the first round, a run-off is held between the two candidates that have received the most votes in the first round.

Under Article 113 of the Iranian Constitution, the President acts as the country’s chief executive and is responsible for implementing the law of the land “except in matters directly concerned with the office of the Leadership.”

Within the limits of his powers and duties, the President is responsible before “the people, the Leader, and the Islamic Consultative Assembly,” as the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) is formally called.

The President appoints ministers, subject to the approval of the Parliament.

The chief executive has the authority to sign agreements with other governments as well as those pertaining to international organizations, after securing parliamentary approval.

Ambassadors to other countries are also appointed upon the recommendation of the Foreign Minister and approval of the President, who also receives the credentials presented by the ambassadors of foreign countries.

The President is tasked with administering national planning, the budget, and state employment affairs.

In addition, he heads the Supreme National Security Council, which protects and supports national interests, the Islamic Revolution, and the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Meanwhile, the President serves as the chairman of Iran’s Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, a body set up after the 1979 Revolution to ensure the country’s education and culture remain Islamic and will not be influenced by other cultures and ideologies.