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Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani holds a news conference in Istanbul January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

London – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani criticized registering candidacy for the presidential elections by individuals who lack required criteria – he considered what happened in the past days “here” as “a worldwide scandal and an a mockery of the regime.”

According to Iran’s official electoral commission, more than 1,636 people have registered their candidacies since the registration process began – it is a record score in the history of presidential elections in Iran.

IRNA agency reported that only 32 of the candidates have a chance to pass the stage of revising applications. During the period dedicated to receive candidacy applications 11-15 April, the media revealed that hundreds of candidates of various motives have turned over to submit their applications, causing sarcasm in the Iranian street.

Iranian Parliament speaker welcomed receiving a huge number of applications but also expressed surprise by some individuals who lack required criteria but still registered their candidacy – Larijani defended previously-set rules by the parliament to determine the conditions of the candidates including the main one: the candidate should be a political or religious figure.

According to Iranian electoral rules, candidates should have executive and political responsibilities that qualify them to reach the presidency.

Soon as the registration was over, IRNA reported that Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi expressed worrisome over the registration process. In his speech delivered in Qum, Shirazi said that a sixteen years old youth and a nineteen years old woman who have psychological problems or claim prophecy submitted applications for presidential elections.

Shirazi called on the Guardian Council of the Constitution to strictly implement the electoral rules, saying that “the current situation of registering candidates doesn’t fit for the Iranian regime.”