Guardian Council agrees to partial recount
June 17, 2009
TEHRAN - The presidential election results announced by the Interior Ministry must be confirmed by the Guardian Council, GC spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaii said on Tuesday.And the Guardian Council will declare the final results within the legal time period of 7 to 10 days, he added.
In response to protests by the defeated candidates, the GC has agreed to recount certain ballot boxes, he explained.
Representatives of three presidential candidates -- Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mahdi Karroubi, and Mohsen Rezaii -- held discussions with Guardian Council experts on the election results on Tuesday.
Mousavi, who finished in second in the presidential election, and Karroubi, who finished in last place in the four-way race, ave made allegations of election fraud.
“In the session, a request was made for the recount of some (ballot) boxes, and we announced our agreement,” Kadkhodaii told reporters at a press conference.
However, the recount of ballot boxes must be ratified by the GC, he noted.
The GC spokesman said that about 40 million ballots were cast and the Guardian Council will safeguard all the votes and assures the people that it will investigate the issue to determine if there were any violations of the election law.
The GC will try to proceed in a way which helps it gain the confidence of the presidential candidates and their supporters, he added.
Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour of the Association of Combatant Clerics has said that the Guardian Council will soon announce its position on the proposal to establish a fact-finding committee to verify the results of the presidential election.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Mohtashamipour stated that a number of leading figures, such as Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi and Prosecutor General Qorban-Ali Dorri Najafabadi, should be appointed to serve on the committee.
Then the committee would investigate the violations of the election law before and during the election, he said