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Iran to recount 10% of ballot boxes

world Updated: Jun 21, 2009 00:47 IST

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Iran’s electoral watchdog, the Guardians Council, has expressed its readiness to “randomly” recount up to 10 per cent of ballot boxes from last week’s disputed presidential election, state television quoted its spokesman as saying.

“The Guardians Council announces its readiness to recount randomly up to 10 per cent of ballot boxes in the presence of representatives of the candidates,” Abbas Ali Khadkhodai said according to news website.

He said the council has up to Wednesday to give its final decision.

“But there is no obligation to wait until Wednesday. Whenever our examination is finished and the recount is conducted, we can announce our final say,” Khadkhodai said.

He said Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the two defeated candidates who did not attend a meeting with the council on Saturday, still have time until Wednesday to discuss the matter.

The other losing candidate Mohsen Rezai, ex-head of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, was the sole complainant who attended the meeting.

The three candidates have cited 646 irregularities committed in the June 12 election process, with Mousavi and Karroubi calling for the cancellation of the result and the holding of a fresh election.

Iranian riot police used teargas on Saturday to disperse demonstrators protesting in Tehran against a disputed presidential election, a witness said.

Smoke was seen rising over Enghelab Square, where supporters of defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi gathered in defiance of a ban on protests, the witness said.