News ID: 193630
Published: 0743 GMT May 27, 2017

HQ: Wrong remarks on election results disturb ‘public opinion’

HQ: Wrong remarks on election results disturb ‘public opinion’

Iran’s Electoral Headquarters slammed as “disturbing public opinion” comments made by Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami against the veracity of the May 19 presidential elections.

In his sermon on May 26, Ayatollah Khatami spoke of “many irregularities” in the presidential elections.

“The revered Friday prayer leader stressed on the need to maintain faith, unity and solidarity, and regarded them as principles of the Islamic establishment. This is while, in other parts of his speech, he made allegations against electoral officials without launching investigations, asking questions from the Interior Ministry or submitting any evidence. These remarks can be tantamount to creating doubts and disturbing public opinion,” the Electoral Headquarters, which operates under the supervision of the Interior Ministry, said in a statement on Saturday.

The statement said the podium of Friday prayers has created “divisions or gaps” in the society.

It said fake claims about irregularities in the presidential vote are aimed at questioning the huge voter turnout in the elections.

The Electoral Headquarters has also demanded accountability for such claims, saying it will pursue the matter legally.

The headquarters has demanded time for the Interior Ministry to address these claims during next week’s Friday prayers.

Conservatives have repeatedly mentioned widespread irregularities in the presidential vote.

They, however, say the alleged irregularities would not have changed the outcome of the election.

Earlier, Ayatollah Ali Movahedi Kermani, another Tehran Friday prayer leader, claimed that election violations may have affected the reported vote count for Ebrahim Raeisi and President Hassan Rouhani.

He said it is possible Raeisi would have received a total of 16-19 million votes and Rouhani 21-23 million votes.

The incumbent president defeated his challenger Raeisi with 57 percent to 38 percent, after winning over 23 million votes.

About 73 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the presidential election.


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