“preliminary analysis” attempting to smear the official voting figures), hasreferred to the June poll as an “electoral coup” orchestrated by theRevolutionary Guard and those around Ayatollah Khamenei .The British Establishment press has been even more scathing. Murdoch-owned
The Times of London
excoriated the Iranian government in a leadingarticle, declaring it to be
corrupt, ruthless and illegitimate” and that it hadretained power only due to a “stolen election”.
was even more frank in its assessment, decrying the election resultas a
blatant act of fraud”. The outrage over Iran, but relative silence of themedia over genuine cases of widespread rigging that returned Hamid Karzaito power in Afghanistan, is especially conspicuous.Of course, the claims of fraud were first made by the defeated opponents of President Ahmadinejad within Iran. One of those, Mehdi Karroubi, has againinsisted that the result did not in any way reflect the count of the vote  andwere arranged in advance. One then wonders why he participated in theelection if he thought it was going to be rigged so brazenly.However the western media, together with organisations affiliated to theopposition “green movement” such as Kelly Niknejad’s “Tehran Bureau”,continue to reject the verdict and will of the majority of the Iranian peoplemerely out of deference to their own contempt of President Ahmadinejad.Academics, journalists and scholars who should know better, have engagedin what is essentially an hysterical denial of all of the available evidence. Thefollowing is a point-by-point response to all of the spurious and oftencontradicting claims made by those who argue that the poll was rigged – afuller treatment is given by Eric Brill whose authoritative work is referred toextensively . This is not going to change any hardened opinions, because ithas come down to a matter of personal conviction over reasoned argument,but it does expose the inanity of the conspiracy theorists and deniers.
1)The result was announced too quickly for a hand-counted election
Karim Sadjadpour of the
was one of the first to makethis claim. Appearing on CNN, he stated that it was impossible for thepreliminary results, numbering 5 million of the 39 million ballots cast, to havebeen hand-counted in the space of just 2 hours . It is odd that he shouldhave thought this considering that the result of the parliamentary election inLebanon, which occurred only a few days earlier, had been determined withinhours of the polls closing. Also, the second round of the 2005 presidentialelection in Iran was called before midnight, based on the margin of the lead.Moreover, an analysis of the results of the 45,632 ballot boxes used showsthat some contained as few as 13 votes. How long would it have taken tocount these? Not long. With each polling station independently reporting to