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475 candidates register for Iran presidential elections

world Updated: May 11, 2009 10:30 IST

A 19-year-old boy is among the 475 candidates registered to contest the presidential elections in Iran, officials said.

Karmran Daneshjoo, head of the election headquarters, said the number of candidates for the 10th presidential elections has reduced by 53 per cent as compared to that of the previous elections in 2005.

The Guardian Council will screen the applicants after the registration process with the interior ministry is completed. The oldest candidate in the race is 86 years old, IRNA reported on Sunday.

Candidates, who fail to get a confirmation from the Guardian Council, will have four days to appeal for reconsideration and then a final list would be put out on May 22.

The campaigning will stop 20 days before the scheduled June 12 elections.