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Interior Ministry rejects Mousavi irregularity claims
Iran's Interior Ministry has dismissed claims by the defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi that certain irregularities took place in the June 12 election.
In response to Mousavi's letter to the Guardian Council, the Interior Ministry rejected any irregularities in the presidential election, which saw incumbent President Ahmadinejad win with almost 25 million votes out of 40 million. [JR: Previous reports said that if there were just a few hundred thousand vote difference then rigging the election might be possible, but rigging even 10 million is not possible, much less a 25 million vote difference.]
In his letter released on Saturday, Mousavi had cited seven accounts of abnormalities in the election process and asked the Guardian Council, the body tasked with overseeing the election, to "cancel the election nationwide."
Mousavi said the "sealing of ballot boxes before the voting in most polling stations, shortage of ballot papers and limited voting time" were among the reasons he objected to the results of the election.
"All these counts of irregularities plus many others that were mentioned in previous letters ... are reasons to cancel the election," he said.
The Interior Ministry however rejected the claims, saying that his letter "contains apparent contradictions" and includes general cases which "lack concrete and legal evidence".
The ministry added that according to the election law, the ballot boxes have to be sealed in the presence of the representatives of the supervisory board before the voting officially starts.
It added that the ministry, however, invited Mr. Mousavi's representatives to be present and almost all of them were present when the ballot boxes were sealed.
On the shortage of the ballot papers, the ministry argued that it was "impossible to estimate the exact and correct number of voters in a town or a polling station."
The ministry also ruled out a limited voting time, saying the time was extended and voters that were present in polling stations even after the official time was over could still cast their votes.
Mousavi had said in his letter that people were denied voting in certain polling stations after the official time was declared over.
Mousavi, who came second in the election, has repeatedly called for the annulment of the election results due to what he says was "widespread vote rigging".
The Guardian Council said late Monday that "there is no possibility of an annulment taking place "as it" found no proof of major fraud or breach in the election process."