The process of officially registering candidates for Iran's June 17 presidential election is getting underway today. Candidates to succeed President Mohammad Khatami have until Saturday, May 14, to put themselves and their plans for the Islamic Republic forward. Khatami is barred by law from standing for a third consecutive term. All candidates must be approved or rejected by the members of the unelected Guardians Council, which will check each candidate's ideological qualifications. Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, aged 70, has been widely touted as a possible candidate but has not yet said whether he will stand. Rafsanjani served two terms as president from 1989 to 1997.