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Khamenei May Call for New Elections

In the wake of a finding by the Council of Guardians that there were widespread voting irregularities in last week’s presidential election, some observers are now expecting a quick call from Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for a new round of polling. They feel that Khamenei, who had very publicly (and very personally) assured the Iranian people that the vote was indeed free and fair, will be looking for a way to save face and salvage what remains of his tattered credibility — along with that of the entire regime.

The Council has been careful to leave a plausible “out” for the Supreme Ruler, stating that over-voting in some districts is a “normal phenomenon”. This will afford Ayatollah Khamenei the opportunity to make his own ruling on the matter — but, in all likelihood, not before a semblance of order is restored.

All eyes (and suspicions) will then turn to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will, no doubt, try to deflect all responsibility for the debacle by shifting the blame for ballot-stuffing onto “agents of the arrogant foreign powers” and, of course, the “Israeli Mossad”.

One back-channel rumour suggests that arrest warrants may already have been issued for several individuals — including one or more of Ahmadinejad’s advisors. There has been no independent confirmation of this rumour, but many are hoping that it’s true.

Wishful thinking? We’ll have to wait and see.

Related: New York Times coverage

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ELECTION IRAN 09: Guardian Council Finds Widespread Voting Irregularities

Guardian Council:
Over 100% voted in 50 cities

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 23:33:38 GMT

The Guardian Council Spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei

The Guardian Council Spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei

(PRESSTV.IR) 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.

The spokesman, however, said that although the vote tally affected by such an irregularity could be over 3 million and the council could, at the request of the candidates, re-count the affected ballot boxes, “it has yet to be determined 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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The above statement is the Council of Guardians’ way of passing its own vote of non-confidence on the government’s handling of both the election procedure and the aftermath of the event. They do not wish to be tainted by the obvious corruption of the recent presidential poll as this would further blemish and endanger Iran’s “Islamic Revolution”. A number of key clerics on the Council also seem to feel threatened by the pressure applied to Ayatollah Rafsanjani, his family, and others (like candidate and former PM Mir-Hossein Mousavi) who have voiced disbelief at the result of last week’s presidential vote. If president-“elect” Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Jannati are going to attempt a power play against Rafsanjani and Mousavi, then they will have to muscle past the Guardian Council to get to them. — Ed.

RELATED: Revolution within the Revolution

Good insight/detail available on the Voting Matters Blog

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