Guardian Council: Errors occured before election.
Specifically, the Guardian council claims that all reports of serious voting irregularities were actually filed before the elections began.
The widespread reports of voting irregularity perfused the membrane established by Ahmadinejhad and the Iranian Police state, mostly by being broken into smaller messages then reassembled in blog posts. Time/date stamping is automatic. Tempus Vernum.
The Iranian Guardian council claims that all voting irregularities reported were done before the start of the electoral process, but not during or after - is this correct? Lets look at the timeline:
June 12 (our time) - Election underway: bloggers report ballots not arriving in proper number. Expecting turnout to exceed standard, additional ballots begin arriving in incumbent favored regions.
Jun 13 - Three reports: First, Paper ballots not available in opposition favored areas. Second, Opposition election monitors barred from observing the elections. Third, the vote is reported, during the tally with polls still open - as being counted through a vastly wider percentage than stations actually reported.
June 13 - Hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad officially wins presidential election with nearly 63 percent of the vote compared with 34 percent for reformist challenger Mirhossein Mousavi, authorities say. Thousands of protesters clash with police. Mousavi calls result a "dangerous charade". Questions abound - if the elections were fair, why are there so many protesters? Why did polling stations which were shipped additional ballots end up only breaking for the incumbency?
June 14 - Mousavi asks Iran's Guardian Council to annul the election.
June 15 - Seven people are killed during a huge march by Mousavi supporters in central Tehran, state media says. There are also pro-Mousavi demonstrations in the cities of Rasht, Orumiyeh, Zahedan and Tabriz. Again, this is during a landslide election where 85% of the population, voted for their popular leader - to a margin of victory of 63%. Differing count estimates placed incumbency at 33.7% of the vote and a run-off situation in fact to be the case.
June 16 - Leading Iranian reformist Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a former vice-president, is arrested, his office says. The Guardian Council says it is ready to carry out a partial recount of ballots but rules out annulling the poll. Tens of thousands of pro-Mousavi demonstrators march in northern Tehran. Ahmadinejad's supporters mobilize thousands of demonstrators in central Tehran. The ration is 10 to 1. In favor of the opposition, just by the numbers. As this is going on, CNN front pages the Bankruptcy of the Six Flags over America theme park,and the actual riot coverage is superceded by Larry King interviewing bikers.
June 17 - Thousands march in central Tehran. Ahmadinejad defends the legitimacy of the vote, telling a cabinet meeting it has "posed a great challenge to the West's democracy," Mehr news agency reports. A spokesman for the Guardian Council says it has begun examining 646 complaints submitted after the June 12 vote. Which is curious, because the blogposts that perfused the internet firewall barrier were all timedate stamped the 12th, and not after.
June 20 -- The Guardian Council says it is ready to recount a tenth of the votes in the disputed election
Which takes us to about, today -where the Council decides that the errors wouldn't change the election (which may or may not be true) but on the rationale that the reports filed, were only filed after the election. This paints an interesting picture.
- A legitimate state must respect all points of view. It may not oppress all critical views. I fear that this lead to the lost of people's faith in Islam.
- Given the current circumstances, I expect the government to take all measures to restore people's confidence. Otherwise, as I have already said, a government not respecting people's vote has no religious or political legitimacy.
- I invite everyone, specially the youth, to continue reclaiming their dues in calm, and not let those who want to associate this movement with chaos succeed.
- I ask the police and army personals not to "sell their religion", and beware that receiving orders will not excuse them before god. Recognize the protesting youth as your children. Today censor and cutting telecommunication lines can not hide the truth.
Now, based on my religious duties, I will remind you :
I pray for the greatness of the Iranian people.
One by one the leaves fall.