Tehran and other Iranian cities prepare for the Ninth Parliamentary elections, the first poll since the 2009 post-presidential election turmoil; with the Reformist candidates entering the contest as independent figures. In Tehran, four major political camps are taking part in the polls: the United Principlist front, the mainstream Principlist camp, under the leadership of Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani; the Resistance Front, more radical Principlists who follow an Ahmadinejad Minus Mashaei policy, vying and trying to turn the president to his first administration era -that is, focus on social justice, religious conservatism and an ideological diplomacy; the Reformist candidates and Voice of the Nation, a coalition of Ahmadinejad critics, led by Ali Motahhari and Hamidreza Katouzian.
Citizens are eligible to vote from the age of 18. This number used to be fifteen until five years ago.
For certain stripes of the society, voting is a religious duty.
Former correspondent of the state-run TV in New York Morteza Ghoroghi running for the parliament. His predecessor in New York, Bijan Noabaveh, is already an MP.