RNA - Casting his vote in 11th parliamentary and midterm Assembly of Experts elections in mobile ballot box number 563 in Qom, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi considered the February 21 as a blessed and landmark day for the Iranian nation and demand all people by participating in the elections don’t leave the Islamic republic alone in current hard situation.
Appreciating the hard works of the authorities and officials who held the elections, the source of emulation after casting his vote in a short speech demand people of all walks of life to participate in elections.
“Today is blessed and landmark day for the Iranian Nation. People will add another golden page to their honor book and they let the enemies down.”
“Thanks to God, Iranian nation enjoys intellectual growth and take responsibility for the (Iranian Islamic) system and know they shouldn’t leave alone the Islamic Republic in current harsh situation”, the source of emulation reiterated.
The 11th parliamentary elections and the midterm elections for the Assembly of Experts – a body whose members designate the country’s Leader – are being held simultaneously.
Last year, Iran's parliament objected to a motion to increase the number of the seats, keeping the figure at 290.
A total of 57,918,000 people are eligible to cast their ballots, therefore; there would be one lawmaker at the parliament per each 190,000-strong segment of the Iranian population.
A total of 7,148 candidates, including dozens of Iranians from the religious minorities, are running for the parliament.
In capital Tehran, 1,335 candidates are contesting one of the 30 allocated seats on the legislature.
The lawmakers are elected for a 4-year term, with no limitation for the incumbent or former parliamentarians to run again.
Rasa News Agency