June 21, 2009

Electoral fraud for dummies

Here is a youtube video that explains why the Iranian election result is problematic--even the interior ministry's own figures do not add up. Also, Josh Muravchik takes apart a Washington Post article that tried to claim that the June 12, 2009 election reflected the will of the Iranian people. One of the authors of that article, who organized the so-called opinion poll, Ken Ballen, will be speaking at the New America Foundation tomorrow. With him will be Flynt Leverett, a leading light in what should be called the American Friends of Ahmadinejad.

Posted by Howard Baskerville at June 21, 2009 9:32 AM

Thanks, HB -- I can't believe how this same garbage keeps getting recycled. If I hear one more person say the 'the protesters are spoiled wealthy kids and Ahmadinejad's supporters are the salt of the earth' Maoist tripe, I'll barf.

Posted by: AZZenny Author Profile Page at June 21, 2009 4:19 PM

Guardian Council admits: more votes than voters. Another fairly shocking report given that it comes from Iran's state-funded PressTV:

Iran's Guardian Council has admitted that the number of votes collected in 50 cities surpass the number of those 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 hard-line conservative candidate in the June 12 Presidential election.

"Statistics provided by Mohsen Rezaei in which he claims more than 100% of those eligible have cast their ballot in 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 is over 3 million, "it has yet to be determined whether the amount is decisive in the election results," reported Khabaronline.

Posted by: AZZenny Author Profile Page at June 21, 2009 7:13 PM
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