Iranian Leaders Admit Election Fraud. Still Don’t Care.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Elections, Iran

This is pretty astonishing.

Apparently the number of votes exceeded the number of voters in over 50 cities, for a discrepancy of about 3 million votes.

But yeah…they don’t care:

The discrepancies, the most sweeping acknowledged so far by the authorities, could affect some three million ballots of what the government says was an 85 percent turnout numbering 40 million voters.

But the authorities insisted that the discrepancies did not violate Iranian law. The Guardian Council, charged with certifying the election, said it was not clear whether they would decisively change the result.

Haha, gotta love that. “Umm, yeah, we gamed it, but that’s not against the law because we can change anything whenever we want. So deal with it.”

What’s more, the Revolutionary Guard looks like they’re going to seriously crack down today, if they haven’t already…

A Revolutionary Guards statement Monday told protesters who took to the streets in a week of demonstrations to “be prepared for a resolution and revolutionary confrontation with the Guards, Basij and other security forces and disciplinary forces” if they continued their protests, news reports said.

The Basij is a militia accused by the protesters of brutally repressing demonstrations that culminated in a day of bloodshed on Saturday. It was not immediately clear if the demonstrators would heed the Guards’ warning.

But I think the government is making a pretty seriously tactical mistake here. Because the more people they kill, they more protestors will be compelled by Islamic traditions to go out into the streets to mourn them.

Here’s why (from Time):

Shiite Muslims mourn their dead on the third, seventh and 40th days after a death, and these commemorations are a pivotal part of Iran’s rich history. During the revolution, the pattern of confrontations between the shah’s security forces and the revolutionaries often played out in 40-day cycles. (See pictures of terror in the streets of Tehran.)

The first clashes in January 1978 produced two deaths that were then commemorated on the 40th day in mass gatherings, which in turn produced new confrontations with security forces — and new deaths. Those deaths then generated another 40-day period of mourning, new clashes, and further deaths. The cycle continued throughout most of the year until the shah’s ouster in January 1979.

More as it develops…

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2 Responses to “Iranian Leaders Admit Election Fraud. Still Don’t Care.”

  1. ExiledIndependent Says:

    Great points, Justin. They can’t say, “Sure, we committed election fraud in fifty districts, but we would have won anyway so what’s the big deal?” and still have legitimacy in a geopolitical sense.

  2. Chuck Says:

    Good article Justin. Makes me glad to be able to vote here.

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