Le Professional (leprofessional) wrote in ontd_political,
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Iran election recount in contested areas

Story broke out minutes ago that Iran's Guardian Council says it is prepared to recount disputed ballot boxes in election. From BBC:

Iran 'to hold election recount'
Iran's powerful Guardian Council says it is ready to recount disputed votes from Friday's presidential poll.

Moderate candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has contested President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, alleging widespread fraud.

The BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran says the council's announcement is a complete U-turn. The official results sparked three days of huge protests. Iranian radio says seven people were killed during demonstrations on Monday.

The Guardian Council said the votes would be recounted in areas contested by the losing candidates.

Our correspondent says this could effectively allow the defeated candidates to challenge all the votes.

New demonstrations have been called by supporters of both President Ahmadinejad and Mr Mousavi and are due to take place in Vali Asr Square in central Tehran.
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UPDATE: Analysis by FiveThirtyEight

Recount in Iran?

The BBC is reporting that Iran's Guardian Council has announced that a "re-count" of Friday's votes will take place, following incredible protests and an official challenge to the results by Mousavi and Karroubi.

Commentators have rightly questioned whether a recount would provide any actual relief to the Iranian electoral process. Indeed, Mousavi and his supporters have demanded that Friday's balloting be invalidated, and a new vote held. The question is, under what circumstances would each option provide a better gauge of the Iranian public's actual will? It depends on the type of irregularities that actually occured:
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I was forwarded this document is making rounds in Iran, not sure if it has been distributed widely or not... it reports the /original/ numbers that are being reported, it has not been verified (as to whether it is legit or not), but it is interesting if it turns out to be legit as it would imply a fraud in the part of the leader's office

It's addressed to Ayatollah Khamenei and [allegedly] signed by Iran's interior minister -- Sadegh Mahsouli -- it reports:

Total: 42,026,078
Mousavi: 19,075,623
Karoubi: 13,387,104
Ahmadinejad: 5,698,417
Rezai: 3,754,218
Void: 38,716

/I wonder if this will be accepted as a solution by the reformists & people.
UPDATE: New arrest, my favoritest Iranian cleric blogger and former Khatami VP has ben arrested D: http://www.webneveshteha.com/ WTF. Not too worried re: they doing anything to him, but they're trying to really scare people and prevent information from getting out. D: D:
Tags: elections, iran
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