Iran to recount 10 percent of ballot boxes: Report

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2009 16:17 hrs

Tehran: Iran's Guardian Council will recount 10 percent of the ballot boxes in last week's disputed presidential election, the state television reported Saturday.

"The Guardian Council is ready to recount randomly up to 10 percent of the ballot boxes in last week's disputed presidential election," council's spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodai said.

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"We will recount the votes in the presence of the three (defeated) candidates," he said, adding that whenever the recount is completed the council will announce its final decision.

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Iran's former Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezaei, one of the defeated candidates in the June 12 election, Saturday attended a special meeting of the Guardians Council, the state media reported.

Two other defeated candidates, former prime minister Mir-Hossein Moussavi and former parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi, were also invited but did not attend the meeting.

Kadkhodai said Moussavi and Karroubi still have time to express their opinions until Wednesday.

Earlier, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had ordered the Guardian Council, an influential body that wields considerable power in the Islamic Republic, to investigate the claims of "fraud" in the presidential election.

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