Candidates start campaigns for City and Village Council elections
Candidates for Iran’s City and Village Councils polls have officially kicked off their campaigns in thousands of constituencies across the country ahead of the May 19 twin elections.

According to the head of the Interior Ministry's State Elections Committee, Ali Asghar Ahmadi, the campaigns started on Wednesday at 12 p.m. local time across the country, with the candidates having one week until May 18 to finish their public activities. 

According to Press TV the candidates are also authorized to have representatives present at polling stations on the elections day, Ahmadi noted. In 141 constituencies, voting can be held electronically.

Members of the City and Village Councils are assigned to handle the public affairs of Iran’s 1,245 cities, 1,057 counties and 2,589 villages.

All villages, counties and cities have their own Councils, the number of whose members varies between three to 21 people, depending on the areas’ population. Overall, the City and Village Councils have a total of 39,575 seats.

In cities, the Councils have manifold duties, like passing annual municipal budgets, comprehensive city plans, and developmental plans for building bridges, subways, tunnels, etc.

The members of each city’s respective Council also choose mayors, who head municipalities.

These elections are held every four years on a Friday —the weekend in Iran — jointly with the presidential elections. Traditionally, the twin polls are held in May.

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News Code: 15909  |  Date: 2017/05/13  |  Time: 13 : 29

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