An Iranian news agency says authorities have reinstated 300 more candidates ahead of next month's parliamentary elections, bringing the total reinstated in the past week to almost 600.

Iran's official news agency, IRNA, quotes an official as saying the candidates' names will be released later Saturday.

Iran's Interior Ministry banned more than 2,200 candidates, mostly reformists, from competing in the March 14 vote. Several days ago, Iran's highest oversight body, the Guardian Council, said that it had reinstated 280 of those candidates.

Iranian authorities can disqualify candidates who are not deemed as showing sufficient loyalty to Iran's Islamic system.

Reformists and conservatives have strongly criticized the mass disqualifications, warning that they undermine the election process.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.