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A random re-count of 10 percent of votes cast in Iran's June 12 elections results in a slight increase of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's votes in some cities.

After ballot boxes were randomly chosen and re-counted in the presence of the Guardian Council, interior ministry and district governor representatives, Ahmadinejad's votes increased in the province of Kerman, Fars news reported on Monday.

The incumbent president's tally also rose by 12 votes in Jirof, after 17 of the 170 ballot boxes in the southeastern city were re-counted, according to Fars news.

The report added that the re-count in Jiroft resulted in five votes being deducted from runner up Mir-Hossein Mousavi and one vote being deducted form Mehdi Karroubi, while Mohsen Rezaei's ballots increased by three votes.

However, the changes in the tally were announced as being 'too small' to be deemed decisive in the outcome of the election.

Fars news also reported that recounts in the central city of Qom, northeastern city of Gorgan and northern city of Sari ended without any changes in the original results.

Iran's election watchdog, the Guardian Council, confirmed the election results on Monday after finishing the random re-count.

However, none of the defeated candidates -- Mousavi, Karroubi and Rezaei -- sent representatives to the ballot boxes as the Council had requested.

Mousavi has called for a re-run of the election or the establishment of an independent council that can be accepted by all candidates to examine the votes.

He has complained about what he calls restrictions imposed on his representatives on the day of the elections, Guardian Council bias and government employee interference in the electoral process.

The Council, however, has rejected all of those claims saying that they do not amount to fraud.

Results of Iran's tenth presidential elections gave incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a landslide victory with more than 24 million of 40 million ballots cast in his favor.

Added: Jun-30-2009 Occurred On: Jun-30-2009
By: dan_man_
Iran, Middle East
Tags: iran, president, ahmadinejad, election, re-count, recount, confirmation
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