Iran's Guardian Council to set up special commission for election report
Iran's Guardian Council spokesman Abbasali Kadkhodai said the council will set up a special commission to draft a report on the June 12 presidential election, local ISNA news agency reported on Friday, Xinhua reported.
"The Guardian Council decided to set up a special commission, including political and social figures and representatives of candidates who protest (vote results), to draft a report on the election," Kadkhodai was quoted as saying.
"The recount of 10 percent vote will be done in the presence of the commission," he said, "and the result will be published for the public."
"We have invited candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi to introduce their representatives for the commission within 24 hours," Kadkhodai said, "and we hope there will be no ambiguity over the election."
He added that the partial recount of vote will be done in the presence of media.
The official IRNA news agency earlier quoted Kadkhodai as saying that the 10th presidential election on June 12 was the healthiest one held in the country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
"After 10 days of investigation, no major irregularities were found besides some minor ones that are usual in every election," Kadkhodai said, "we didn't see any fraud in the election."
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accepted the Guardian Council's request to extend by five days the deadline for the investigation into the complaints over vote irregularities.
In a letter to the supreme leader, the election watchdog has asked for more time to remove any ambiguity over the disputed election.
On June 13, Iran's Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli said incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 62.63 percent of the total ballots, while his main rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi got 33.75 percent.
After the official declaration, all the three defeated candidates filed complaints over irregularities in the election, while Mousavi and former Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi have demanded an annulment of the election.
Mousavi's supporters have participated in massive rallies in Tehran and other cities over the past days.
Khamenei called for calm and patience last Friday and ruled out any vote rigging in the recent presidential election.