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Mousavi warned as his camp releases vote-rigging report

Video by Pierrick LEURENT , Aurore Cloe DUPUIS

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-24

Iran's interior ministry has warned opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi "to respect the law and the people's vote." Meanwhile, Mousavi's campaign committee has published a report listing claims of fraud in the June 12 poll.

AFP - The campaign of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi published a report on Tuesday listing claims of fraud in the June 12 presidential poll and demanding a "truth commission."

The three-page report, posted on Mousavi's official website Kalemeh.ir, charged that the "government put large-scale measures in favour of its candidate" President Mahmoud Amhadinejad, who defeated runner-up Mousavi.

The Mousavi committee which drafted the report charged that members of committees tasked with organising the election had been chosen from "among supporters of Ahmadinejad."

"Ballots were printed the day of the election without any serial number, in an unprecedented action in the history of the country," the report said.

The Mousavi camp also expressed "serious doubts" that ballot boxes were empty when they arrived at polling stations because representatives of the candidates were not present when the boxes were sealed.

It also claimed that the number of official stamps used to validate votes exceeded the number of voting centres, and explained that this alone "could contribute to fraud."

According to the report, representatives of presidential candidates were also prevented for various reasons from being present in voting centres in order to monitor the election.

Mousavi's campaign committee demanded the creation of a "commission of truth and justice ... acceptable to all the parties, to examine the entire election process" and shed light on the operation.

A statement posted earlier on Mousavi's official website said the committee would be releasing "a full report of electoral fraud and irregularities to the people."

That statement came after the Guardians Council, which had until Wednesday to examine complaints of vote-rigging filed by the opposition, ruled out annulling the results of the election.

But the council later asked supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khomeini for a five-day extension, a request granted by the the overall head of the Islamic republic.

Meanwhile the Iranian interior ministry warned Mousavi, who has led a wave of protests and demanded a new election, "to respect the law and the people's vote" after his defeat, state-run IRNA news agency said.

Date created : 2009-06-23

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