The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said it has registered at least 600 complaints against candidates who are hoping to run for parliament in the October 20 elections.
IECC secretary Mohammad Reza Rouhani said that complaints were also filled against candidates who have links with illegal armed groups and that a special commission will investigate these allegations.
If complaints against the candidates are found to be legitimate and true, their names will be dropped from the list, said the IECC.
“The special commission has started its work. Some of the complaints are filed against individuals who either have links with illegal armed groups or who are in some way related to these acts; these complaints will be probed by the special commission,” said Rouhani.
According to the IEC, 2,691 candidates, including 404 women, have filed nomination forms as candidates.
“The complaints commission will investigate the matter and if anyone is found guilty their name will be dropped from the list,” said IEC secretary Sayed Hafiz Hashemi.
However, a member of the election reforms commission, Sediqullah Tawhidi said: “The preliminary assessment which was carried out by the independent election commission was not based on facts and figures, but the responsibility of the complaints commission is to assess these complaints publicly in the presence of the media so that the people can be informed.”
Based on the electoral calendar, people have two days to file their complaints once the preliminary list of candidates is announced. This list was released on June 28.
According to the election law, the IECC has three weeks to process the complaints.