There is a crisis between the members of Iran's interior ministry (who are responsible for reporting the elections' results) and the guardian council (who is responsible for ruling the country as they see fit) on how they would report the final numbers of voters in yesterday's election.
While the official agencies' report talks about a 'massive turn-out', some members of interior ministry claim that guardian council is using the public TV and radio stations to give a 'false impression' on the number of the votes and put the interior ministry on a difficult position to confirm it.
According to the deal, the guardian council will raise the number of voters spread across all the candidates.
For example, they'll add 1 million to a candidate with 2 million votes and 500000 to a candidate with 1 million votes, hoping to save the regime from humiliations and the impact of general boycott.
This will probably fire up the next round of protests and demonstrations across Iran.
Interior ministry is looking for a way to come out of this crisis.
Also, a member of Iran's intelligence ministry is threatening the press not to report anything about massive fraud otherwise they will be closed down mercilessly.
Going through the first reported results, what is very interesting is that there is not even 1 white or invalid ballot in Tehran!
Mehdi Karoubi (the mullah who promised 70$ a month for every Iranian) is threatening the world: If I don't be reported as the second running man after Rafsanjani for the next round, I go public and will tell the 'truth' to the people!
It seems that Ahmadi-Nejad - the hard-line mayor of Tehran who once said "We did not have a revolution in order to have democracy" - is going to be reported as the second candidate for the next round. Rumors indicate that Ayatollah Khamanei prefers him to be president because they can control him better, rather than pragmatic Rafsanjani with his own gang who is more difficult to control.
Ayatollah Khamanei is looking for an easier way to rule the country in his own and Ahmadi-Nejad as a pupet hard-line president seems the best choice.
Mostafa Moin, former minister of education and the only reformist candidate is getting out of the picture. He also accuses both interior ministry and the guardian council of manipulating the results in favor of Ahmadi-Nejad and Karoubi!
In Tabriz, the eligable people to vote was first reported as 1 million and 125 thousends and 394 just days before the election, but after the citizens' boycott yesterday, they changed the stats to 1 million and 90 thousends people eligable to vote, claiming a 51% turn-out!
Officially, there are more than 6 million 'representives' of guardian council scattered across the country to 'supervise' the elections. They work apart from the interior ministery and are only responsible to Ayatollah Khamanei.
That would probably explain why there is no shortage of votes and voters on the eyes of Ayatollahs BBC and Reuters.
The titles like "Iranians flock to vote" was spreading around the world yesterday as CNN, BBC, AP and Reuters were under the trick of mullahs and their propaganda machine.
But collecting people from the abandoned Iranian villages, putting them on a mini-bus, promising them a free lunch and some cash, then bringing them to the city and lining them up infront of the foreigner journalists in Tehran is an easy task for mullahs.
It should be somewhere reported that the streets of Tehran yesterday were much much less busy than a normal day and that was probably the symbolic signs that Iranians are boycotting the election.
There was also some pathetic news that because President Bush sent a message in solidarity with Iranian people and their boycott of this sham election, Iranians went to vote massively! Keep ignoring everything.
Last Update: Rafsanjani and Ahmadi-Nejad were selected for next friday show.Post-Last Updates:mdinaz
points us to this report
from Iran Focus: Boycott Hits Iranian elections.Fay
points us to this
great article in frontpagemag by Christopher Hitchens: Mind Over Mullahs. We have another article about him later on.