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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
 said.

 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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