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Guardian Council: Over 100% voted in 50 cities
Sun, 21 Jun 2009 23:33:38 GMT
Iran's Guardian Council has suggested that the number of votes collected in 50 cities surpass the
number of people eligible to cast ballot in those areas.
The council's Spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, who was speaking on the Islamic Republic of Iran
Broadcasting (IRIB) Channel 2 on Sunday, made the remarks in response to complaints filed by
Mohsen Rezaei -- a defeated candidate in the June 12 Presidential election.
"Statistics provided by the candidates, who claim more than 100% of those eligible have cast their
ballot in 80-170 cities are not accurate -- the incident has happened in only 50 cities," Kadkhodaei
Kadkhodaei further explained that the voter turnout of above 100% in some cities is a normal
phenomenon because there is no legal limitation for people to vote for the presidential elections in
another city or province to which people often travel or commute.
According to the Guardian Council spokesman, summering areas and places like district one and
three in Tehran are not separable.
The spokesman, however, said that the vote tally affected by such issues could be over 3 million and
would not noticably affect the outcome of the election.
He, however, added that the council could, at the request of the candidates, re-count the affected
ballot boxes, and determine " whether the possible change in the tally is decisive in the election
results," reported Khabaronline.
Three of the four candidates contesting in last Friday's presidential election cried foul, once the
Interior Ministry announced the results - according to which incumbent President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad was declared the winner with almost two-thirds of the vote.
Rezaei, along with Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, reported more than 646 'irregularities'
in the electoral process and submitted their complaints to the body responsible for overseeing the
election -- the Guardian Council.
Mousavi and Karroubi have called on the council to nullify Friday's vote and hold the election anew.
This is while President Ahmadinejad and his Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli have rejected any
possibility of fraud, saying that the election was free and fair.
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