TEHRAN: More than 12,000 candidates have signed up for Iranian parliamentary elections due to be held in February, the most since the Islamic revolution in 1979, official media said Saturday. The number of people who registered to stand before a Friday deadline was up nearly 70 percent compared with the previous legislative polls in 2012, the interior ministry said. Women accounted for 11 percent of the hopefuls for the 290 seats available in the February 26 vote, up from eight percent last time.The proportion of candidates below the age of 50 increased from 67 percent to 73 percent. The number of candidates is however expected to drop after the Guardians Council vets applications. The final list will be published on February 9.