TEHRAN, Dec 7_Prominent political figures have signed up for a planned parliamentary vote in Iran as an official deadline for submitting nomination papers ends after a week.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_A report by the Fars news agency on Saturday showed that former mayor of Tehran Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf was the most high-profile figure who had put his name down for the votes planned for late February.
People close to former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were also among those appearing at a registration office set up by Iran’s Interior Ministry in downtown Tehran.
Registrations began on Sunday in all cities and towns across Iran as officials began preparations for the key public votes to pick up 290 members of the parliament.
Ghalibaf, who was Tehran’s mayor until he ran as a candidate in the 2015 presidential election, is seen by many as the top chance to win the votes in the metropolitan area of Tehran and become the next parliament speaker.