Over 1,600 candidates register for presidential election in Iran

More than 1,600 people have registered as candidates to run in the May presidential election in Iran, local media reported on Saturday, the last day of registration.

A total of 1,636 nationals, including 137 women, have registered for the presidential election, the PressTV broadcaster reported, citing Ali Asghar Ahmadi, the head of Iran’s Interior Ministry’s Election Office.

Tehran’s Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri have also declared their candidacies on Saturday, according to the broadcaster.

On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose term expires on 3 August, also registered as a candidate in the upcoming election. Among other presidential runners are former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ex-Vice President Hamid Baghaei and former Cabinet Secretary Masoud Zaribafan as well as Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani, former vice president and brother of late President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The Iranian Guardian Council of the Constitution will start checking presidential hopefuls for their qualification on Sunday.

The Iranian presidential election is scheduled for 19 May. The candidate who gains the support of more than 50 percent of voters will become the country’s president. If no candidate reaches this threshold, the run-off will be carried out between the two presidential hopefuls receiving the highest number of votes.