Iran Election Watchdog Stands by Results
Posted on Jun 23, 2009
Iran’s Guardian Council has found “no major fraud or breach in the election” and will not annul the vote, a spokesman announced Tuesday. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, jumped into the fray, calling on the Iranian government to “respect fundamental civil and political rights, especially the freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of information.”
Read Ban’s full statement here.
English-language Press TV reported the Guardian Council’s rejecting an annulment on Tuesday.
On Monday, it had conceded there had been voting irregularities in 50 districts, including local vote counts that exceeded the number of eligible voters.
However, it said they were not enough to affect the overall result and incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had indeed won by a landslide.
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The tens of thousands of protesters who have filled Tehran’s streets since election results were announced last week will not welcome the Guardian Council’s decision.