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Mullahs set the stage for large-scale fraud in presidential election sham

ImageParallel with the public’s widespread apathy toward the presidential election sham and the enthusiastic response to the call for a boycott by the Iranian Resistance, the clerical regime has resorted to new ploys to engage in fraud, vote fixing and inflating the turnout.
The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi urged a boycott of the election three months ago.
One of the transparent tactics to understate the scale of the boycott is to lower the number of eligible voters. Four days ago, the Interior Ministry put that number at 46.7 million (Mehr news agency, June 11). Before the February 2004 parliamentary election, the Interior Ministry put the number at 46.35 million. This means that in the 16 months since then, the number of eligible voters grew by only 350,000 people.
Yet, according to government figures, 1.25 million are added the country’s over-16 population every year, meaning that since the parliamentary elections, the number of eligible voters grew by 1.7 million. Needless to say, the actual number of eligible voters in February 2004 was more than the figure announced by the Interior Ministry.
So extensive is the dimension of the fraud that Gholamhossein Karbaschi, a confidant of Hashemi Rafsanjani and former Mayor of Tehran, said yesterday, “We hear from various corners that some have mobilized their forces and intend to engage in unlawful actions and fraud” (IRNA, June 14).
Officials have also sanctioned voting with birth certificates that carry no photographs, paving the way for casting ballots with fake birth certificates and those of deceased persons. They have also sanctioned voting abroad with both birth certificates and passports so that their operatives could vote twice.
At the same time, there are reports of widespread intervention by the Revolutionary Guards and para-military Bassij force in the election sham. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has ordered each of them to take 10 people to the voting stations. Judiciary spokesman said last week that the Bassijis were not considered as military personnel and could take part in the election campaign actively.
The Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari also claimed that more than 50 percent of the eligible voters would take part in the election masquerade, setting the stage for inflating the turnout several fold. Such an absurd claim comes at a time when terrified of a nationwide boycott, the mullahs’ leaders have resorted desperately to an assortment of propaganda schemes and marketing techniques as well as hollow promises to inject some life into the election farce.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 15, 2005