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Thursday, June 23, 2005

 
Iranian Election Illegal?

The Washington Times is running an editorial denouncing the recent Iranian elections. (Link via Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi email.) Over a thousand out of 1,014 candidates were disqualified for dubious reasons. But the scandal doesn't end there - voting is being conducted in the United States, in apparent violation of law:

The United States has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since the 1979 hostage crisis. As a result, Iranian officials cannot travel more than 25 miles from Washington (where Iran has an interests section in the Pakistani Embassy) or 12 miles from New York (where Iran's U.N. delegation is based). On the other hand, Iranian law requires that voting be overseen by election officials representing the government -- people who would appear to have no lawful right to be present at any of the polling places that were held last week in mosques, hotels and other buildings across the United States. Last week, the Iranian government did not publicize the location of the polling places until right before the voting began in order to lessen the likelihood of protests by Iranian dissidents. That appears to be the case with tomorrow's presidential runoff.

Will Franklin has first-hand reporting on the Iranian voting in Houston, complete with video stills.




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