Guardian Council rejects claims of voter irregularity...while acknowledging more votes cast than voters in 50! cities

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    Jun 22, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    "Iran's election authority has rejected claims of voting irregularities by a defeated presidential candidate, while acknowledging that the number of ballots cast in dozens cities exceeded the number of eligible voters in those areas" ... icon_eek.gif

    Well, I guess if you can believe in all the religious nonsense you can believe in that! ... icon_rolleyes.gif

    The poor Iranian people....there can be no doubt that their government has slipped into an autocracy and might as well drop the pretense of democracy.
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    Jun 22, 2009 10:42 AM GMT
    That goes without saying .....
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    Jun 22, 2009 12:59 PM GMT
    Tiananmen Square, anyone? The Supreme Leader has said if the protesters take to the streets, they will be crushed.
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    Jun 22, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    Here is an excellent summation of a report on laughably obvious election fraud.

    The money shot:

    Robert DreyfusIt shows, for instance, that in at least ten provinces, in order to have amassed the vote totals given to him, Ahmadinejad would have had to have won all the voters who backed him in 2005, all of the voters who, last time, voted for the centrist candidacy of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, all of the voters who, last time, sat out the election and didn't vote at all, and -- on top of that -- up to 44 percent of the voters who, in 2005, backed the reformist slate!...

    Example: Ahmadinejad won 765,000 votes in Hamedan province. In 2005, he received 195,000. To win the additional 570,000 votes, Ahmadinejad would have to have won all 218,000 voters who didn't vote in 2005, all 175,000 Rafsanjani voters, and nearly a quarter of the 322,000 voters who cast their ballots for the reformists. Keep in mind that most, if not all, of the non-voters in 2005 would be people disgusted with and cynical about voting at all, the vast majority of whom would probably have cast their ballots for Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, or Mohsen Rezai this time, if they voted at all.

    In province after province, the data hold.

    The Chatham House data also show, conclusively, that rural voters do not support Ahmadinejad, contrary to the oft-repeated myth in the media and among many analysts. In 2005, for instance, the report shows a perfect correlation: the more rural the province, the lower Ahmadinejad's vote in 2005. Why? "Much of Iran's rural population is comprised of ethnic minorities: Lors, Baluch, Kurdish, and Arab amongst others. These ethnic minorities have a history of voting Reformist," says the report. In 2005, they voted overwhelmingly for Karroubi and for Mostafa Moin, not Ahmadinejad. The report, backed by detailed statistical analysis, shows that to have won the support he claims to have achieved in rural areas, Ahmadinejad would have to have won fully half of the reformist vote, a notion that the report calls "highly implausible."
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    Jun 22, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    Happens ALL the time here. No one even raises an eyebrow that there are inexplicable blackouts EVERY time during ballot counting (we're still manual like Iran).

    All 3rd world elections are a joke. Iran's much more so.