Bahman Keshavarz, former Chairman of the Iranian Bar Association Union Board of Directors, wrote in Etemad "What is sure is that as long as their qualification is not approved by the Guardian Council and their names not announced, the presidential applicants are merely individuals who are optimistic towards themselves and so think that people will vote for them. Therefore conditions related to the candidates do not concern such people, of which we seem so far to have more than 600. The above-mentioned is documented under articles 65, 66, and 68 of the Presidential Elections Law.”
He adds "There is no limit for individuals to accompany the applicants, such as people from various groups and strata who have accompanied the applicants all the more so with signs, emblems, and the like. Therefore there is no intrinsic problem with Mr. President accompanying a friend at the time of sign-up.”
The statements come at a time when the Guardian Council had in an announcement regarded the President’s act as a violation of electoral rules and stated that the issue would be pursued.