Iran started to register candidates for the country’s 5th City and Village Councils elections slated for May. March 26 will be the deadline for the candidates to apply for registration. Recently, Qassem Mirzaee Nekou, member of a monitoring team overseeing the polls, had told Tasnim that 11,000 machines will be used for the upcoming City and Village Councils elections, and the other 600 electronic ballot boxes will be kept in reserve. The City and Village Councils elections is scheduled to be held simultaneously with the presidential election on May 19. Members of the councils across Iran are elected by public vote for a 4-year term. According to article 7 of the Iranian Constitution, the local councils, together with the parliament, are “decision-making and administrative organs of the State”.