Iran: Former president, Tehran's Mayor head for presidential run-off race amid claims of forgery
Former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Tehran's Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the lead in the presidential race, and will hence head for run-off race on June 24th.
Based on unofficial figures, announced by the Elections Headquarters at Interior Ministry, and cited by , out of about 26,850,000 votes counted throughout the country until Saturday afternoon, Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad have gained the highest number of votes.
The following table shows the latest vote count announced by the elections headquarters of the Interior Ministry Saturday afternoon:
1. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani 6,010,829
2. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 5,555,458
3. Mehdi Karroubi 5,039,431
4. Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf 4,009,620
5. Mostafa Moin 3,949,240
6. Ali Larijani 1,715,190
7. Mohsen Mehralizadeh 1,269,793
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will thus run the run-off race, based on the non-official tally.
On his part, Mehdi Karroubi, the reformist candidate, appealed to the Supreme Leader to designate a special team to "restore the rights" of certain candidates.
Karroubi, who at some part of the counting stood second to the frontrunner Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said that some mysterious interventions have taken place in the process of ballot reading. He is now third on the list.
Meanwhile, Elahe Koulaei, spokeswoman for other reformist candidate Mostafa Moin said that Basij (volunteer forces) have meddled with vote counting spoiling the rights of the people. She said that Moin's election headquarters will release a statement to this effect.