TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday called on hopefuls to assess their capabilities before running for elections as Iran began registration of candidates for the parliamentary polls set for February 2020.
Ayatollah Khamenei criticized the current trend where a number of people immediately try to take up a post when they see it vacant or about to fall vacant.
"Applicants must first assess their capabilities and see whether they are able to handle a job,” the Leader said. "If you are not capable of management, do not accept responsibility.”
A number of people rush to apply for candidacy without any consideration of their competence, Ayatollah Khamenei added.
"Every duty, every post and every capability comes with responsibility and commitment,” the Leader said, advising those running for parliament to see whether they can meet their commitments.
The elections will be held February 21 and the new parliament will begin working in May.
The current speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, who played a major role in the government increasing energy prices, has said he will not run in the election. He has been speaker for 12 years.
Candidates run in 208 constituencies for 290 seats. A constitutional oversight body, the Guardian Council, vets and must approve those wishing to run in the elections.
Those wishing to register must be between 30 and 75 years old, and hold a masters degree to be qualified.
Speaking on Saturday, Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Jamal Orf said the ministry had trained staff for registration and relevant procedures.
"The entire staff, responsible for holding the elections, including 2,000 governors and district governors, have been trained … our colleagues went to provinces and trained the relevant workers,” he said.
"On Thursday, we staged an online executive exercise at the Interior Ministry and contacted the entire governorships to review and resolve their problems," he added.