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Iran To Re-Count 10% Of Vote On TV

From Press TV:

As Mousavi demurs, Iran conducts partial vote recount

Mon, 29 Jun 2009

Iran’s Guardian Council has ordered partial recount of 10 percent of random ballot boxes across the country in front of state television cameras.

"The order has been made following the hesitation of representatives of [the defeated presidential candidate] Mir-Hossein Mousavi and an ineffective joint meeting between certain members of the special committee of the Guardian Council and Mousavi," the office of the body’s spokesman, Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, said on Monday.

It added that the result of vote recount would be announced later.

The Guardian Council on Thursday announced that it would form a special committee to oversee a partial recount of the random ballot boxes.

Mousavi, however, has rejected the offer of partial recount and refused to appoint a representative to the committee.

The development comes as Iranian officials have been at work trying to defuse tensions following the hotly-contested presidential election on June 12, which saw incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-elected for a second four-year term.

Nobody can deny that this isn’t fair. This should end any and all of the controversy for sure.

After all, it will be done on TV.

How could they cheat?

And speaking of shams, here is a further report from Press TV:

Head of the Interior Ministry’s Elections Office, Kamran Daneshju criticizes the defeated candidates for lacking ‘proof’ to provide to the ministry.

‘Candidates have no proof of vote violation’

Sun, 28 Jun 2009

The head of Iran’s electoral office, Kamran Daneshjou, has criticized the complaints filed by the defeated presidential candidates for being “too general”.

In an expansive speech on Sunday, Daneshjou addressed the candidates who had complained about the ejection of their representatives, and asked for the details of the districts.

He touched on many issues raised by the opposition candidates, including the question of the number of ballots printed and the shortage of ballots at a number of stations.

Daneshjou said that there was no truth in having extra ballots printed in the day before the election. But, on the day of the election 2 million ballots were printed, in addition to the 60,875,000 that had been printed earlier.

His remarks came as Iranian officials continue their efforts to clarify some of the issues raised by Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Mohsen Rezaei — the defeated presidential hopefuls.

Following a hotly-contested campaign, Iranians cast their votes on June 12 in unprecedented numbers. However, when the Interior Ministry announced the official results indicating an almost 2-to-1 for President Ahmadinejad win over his closest rival, Mousavi, the three opposition candidates cried foul and large numbers of their supporters took to the streets in protests.

More than 600 alleged "irregularities" have been lodged with the electoral watchdog, the Guardian Council, and the country’s political establishment has been trying to probe into the allegations through lawful channels.

Coming to the accusations that some of the ballot boxes had already been stuffed with votes before the start of the election, and that the absence of the candidates’ representatives made it impossible to rule this out, Daneshjou said that 14 individuals had signed off each ballot box, each with a different tendency, and they testify to the boxes being empty.

He also blamed the candidates’ representatives for arriving too late at the polling stations and consequently finding it impossible to observe the emptiness of the boxes.

He said that charges of ballot-rigging are an insult to the 600,000 who took part in the election administration.

Daneshjou claimed that some of the opposition candidates’ real gripe was that the election watchdog, the Guardian Council, had not disqualified the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running for a second term.

"They do not have the audacity to say this openly, and instead begin to find excuses to nitpick against the execution of the election,” he added.

Surely, you are convinced by now.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Iran To Re-Count 10% Of Vote On TV”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    Another idea o-blah-blah and gang will ultimately want to use here.

    More charades for charlatans!

  2. beautyofreason says:

    Well, we know that television programs don’t lie. :)

    The thing that ticks me off most isn’t that the Iranian government shamelessly lied about the sham election, the death toll, and so-called foreign involvement in Iran.

    What ticks me off most Iran’s “pretend moderation” (ex. recounting 10% of votes) and other future measures will likely placate the leftists while offering no real alternatives to the regime. Far left groups have the uncanny ability to ignore dictatorships and abuses against the citizens. After all, the left has ignored everything Iran has threatened and done up until last month, under the wishful pretense that open talks will yield honest results.

    The left only took notice this time around because a blood bath happened in public, in front of cameras and it reached the international press. Now that the Iranian election news has dipped out the code pinkos can slowly return to their naive view of appeasement and relativism. I bet that a year from now, Obama will still preface Iran with “Islamic Republic.”

  3. proreason says:

    Why didn’t Al Toad think of this in 2000?

    More evidence the Left has a lot of catching up to do before thay match their heroes around the world.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      On that train of thought pr, they should start running ads stating that there will be a 10% recount of the vote in 2012 …. 2 hours after the polls close on the east coast. Then they can close the polls early on the left coast and call it a day. I mean why bother? if you are gonna steal a election, you gotta make it fast and swift!!
      That is the why Barry likes things to run…….don’t bother reading the small print; TRUST ME!!!

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