1. There is no such thing as a name printed on a ballot in Iran. You have to write in the name of your candidate and his numeric code. Hence, there is no option to tick a box for Aref.

  2. Iran’s Jon Stewart Serves Up Illegal Political Satire
    Abigail Nehring, The Atlantic
    The tragic comedy of the upcoming presidential election, as told by Kambiz Hosseini. Hosseini’s scathing and hysterical news podcast is an essential part of the weekly media diet of Iran’s middle class. Produced by the New York-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and incorporating sound bites from the week’s headlines and commentary from Hosseini, the show channels the pathos of a generation desperate to intervene in a meaningful way in Iran’s political charades.

  3. Iranian Elections 2013: forgotten human rights lawyer in prison
    Whilst attention within Iran, as well as abroad, is focused on the upcoming presidential elections, Iranian human rights lawyer Houtan Kian is being held in Tabriz prison under horrific circumstances.

    The lawyer, who became a well-known figure when he took on the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman sentenced to stoning for adultery, is the victim of severe torture. At a time when the eyes of the world press and international politics are focused on Iran, international human rights organisation Lawyers for Lawyers is drawing attention to Houtan Kian, the forgotten Iranian lawyer. Through this campaign and the video distributed online, Lawyers for Lawyers seeks to draw attention to Houtan Kian’s plight and to speed up his release. The video is available through http://youtu.be/qp0MkIZ5ydA.


  4. I always get a kick out of it when they call us the “global arrogance” whatever that means. I mean we’re talking about a country who claims their leader represents God’s will on Earth as if Khamenei has a direct line to God. And they call us arrogant? Really?

    Is Khamenei capable of opening his mouth without making childish and hateful remarks about the US? He better play nice or we’ll send him to the kiddie table and then to bed without dinner. Seriously though when is the last time he spoke without mentioning paranoid fictional conspiracy theories or angry remarks toward others? And then I bet he wonders why Iran is so unpopular in the world.

  5. The picture below shows the list of the candidates that has been sent by the Interior Ministry to all polling stations. The list is presented to voters to choose the candidate.

    The name of Gholam-ali Hadad Adel is striken through and the name of Mohammad Reza Aref still remains on the list of candidates who can be voted for – despite his withdrawal from the election.

  6. I bet the irony of Khamenei making those remarks about the US on twitter totally eludes him. For a guy who dislikes everything American he sure seems to like our social networks when they aren’t calling for massive protests. His complete obsession with the US is unhealthy.


    Some polling stations in affluent northern Tehran still very busy even though hot afternoon when people usu postpone voting to cooler evenig.

    If the turnout in the North of Tehran is high, then the overall turnout must be even higher. The Interior Ministry has extended voting hours because of the surge in participation:

  8. Google detects Iran phishing attacks ahead of election
    BBC: Google says it has detected and stopped thousands of phishing attacks targeting email accounts of Iranian users ahead of the 14 June presidential election.

    In an online statement, the firm said it had noticed a “significant jump” in the region’s overall volume of phishing activity in the last three weeks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22884006

  9. Global Views of Iran Overwhelmingly Negative
    Pewglobal.org: As Iranians prepare to elect a new president, the country’s international image is largely negative. Majorities in most of 39 countries surveyed have an unfavorable opinion of Iran, and most say Tehran does not respect the personal freedoms of its people. Meanwhile, any nuclear ambitions harbored by the Iranian government continue to draw strong opposition from Western countries, as well as neighboring states in the Middle East.

    Unfavorable views of Iran are especially widespread in Israel and much of Western Europe, where at least eight-in-ten in most countries surveyed have a negative opinion of Iran. In the U.S., roughly seven-in-ten express an unfavorable view of Iran.

    Majorities in many predominantly Muslim nations surveyed also see Iran in a negative light, including countries such as Jordan (81% unfavorable), Egypt (78%), Turkey (68%), Lebanon (60%) and the Palestinian territories (55%). Only in Pakistan (69%) and Indonesia (55%) do majorities express a favorable opinion of Iran.
    More: http://www.pewglobal.org/2013/06/11/global-views-of-iran-overwhelmingly-negative/

    • Thank you for that. It’s unbelievable to me that these guys use American social networking sites to get their messages out and they don’t see any irony in that.

    Based on the gathered information from the polling stations the election will go to the second round, deputy for media affairs of presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaee’s campaign headquarters, Shahram Gilabadi said, Mehr reported.”Everything is going smoothly and the turn out has been huge,” Gilabadi said.

  11. BBC’s correspondent in Tehran also reports a high turnout:
    Schools and mosques are polling stations for the day. At most of those I pass there are queues, a mixture of old and young, men and women. As I approach southern parts of Tehran, the lines of people are longer and in some places it is unbelievably crowded.

  12. So, based on very unreliable polls and anecdotal evidence so far, it appears as though Rouhani may just squeeze himself into a second round. The problem he faces is that only the conservative vote is currently split, whereas the moderates and reformists have already rallied around Rouhani. Surely, then, logic dictates that Rouhani will lose a second round against a united conservative vote? Especially since his conservative rival in the second round is likely to be Ghalibaf, whose supporters are probably the only ones willing to sway towards a Rouhani vote should his rival in the second round be someone like Jalili.

    • Thomas Erdbrink ‏@ThomasErdbrink

      Polling stations with state tv camera’s are crowded, even now at 7:30 pm, others not.

  13. For all the ridiculous talk of turnout somehow being a “defeat” for the US I’m betting the mullahs will convienently neglect to mention that the US allowed them to open 19 official polling stations across the US when we didn’t have to. We ignored our own laws that prohibits the movement of Iranian officials in the US. I wouldn’t be expecting to see that story on Press TV anytime soon.

  14. I’d like to share that there are many inside Iran who have resolved to boycott the “election” and view participation as an insult to the protesters killed in 2009 and a lifeline to the regime.

      • It’s funny how the regime tries desperately to act like turnout means that Iranians are happy with their system or that the Supreme Leader gains legitimacy by giving voters the chance to pick officials who are totally obedient to him. It’s always the same thing with them. They spend weeks obsessing over turnout and figuring out ways to bribe Iranians into voting then they inevitably trumpet turnout and draw conclusions that aren’t there. What if a large portion of voters showed up to make sure that Khamenei’s guy didn’t win? Does that mean the regime is approved by Iranians or that Khamenei has real legitimacy? That is absurd. As if all their problems go away if turnout is high enough.

        I imagine Iranians themselves scoff at the implications the regime tries to draw. If the reformists regain some of their power then that is hardly a loss for the US and actually would be a loss for Khamenei and his thugs who have worked hard to marginalize reformists as much as possible.

        Yeah you sure showed Obama. I’m sure he’ll lift all the sanctions and submit to Iran’s will now. If I didn’t know you I’d think that was satire.

        • If Iranians felt they had no choice they wouldn’t have voted in the huge numbers as they did today. If they had no confidence in the ruling system, they wouldn’t vote at all. Khamenei has not endorsed any candidate but has said that every vote is a vote for the Islamic Republic.

          Obama has been waging an economic war against Iran in the hope that its people would rise up and demand that their government capitulate to western demands. Instead, they have affirmed their loyalty to it. Obama has no choice now but to lift sanctions, recognize Iran’s sovereignty and its nuclear rights. The Iranian nation has spoken.

          • First of all, we don’t know what the actual turnout is, and we’ll probably never know. Contrary to what you believe, state media is not a credible source. Anecdotal evidence suggests higher than expected levels of participation but nowhere near 2009 levels.

            I was sad to see the same “vote or not vote” debate raging among Iranians ad nauseum as if the last 4 years didn’t happen. But the debate always was and remains a tactical one. Almost everyone shares the same aversion to the authoritarian Islamist system in its current form. The difference lies in what to do about it.

          • No matter how much you want it to be it is not a referendum on the Islamic Republic. The mullahs are grasping to give the impression of legitimacy despite the fact that most of them weren’t elected to their positions. It’s ridiculous to try to say that every vote was a vote for the Islamic Republic. A large portion of the vote was reformists who mobilized to keep Jalili out of power because he was Khamenei’s favorite. To claim turnout means support for the Islamic Republic is a stretch. Saddam Hussein and Hosni Mubarak also claimed high turnout which today looks like a joke.

  15. MOI Najjar announces first results (via Omid Memarian on Twitter)
    1631 stations: All 861866 votes, valid ones 826649
    Rouhani 401949
    Ghalibaf 126126
    Jalili 119294
    Rezaie 109089

    Rouhani has three times more votes than Qalibaf on the base of less than 1 million votes.
    Morteza Kazemian commenting on Radio Farda: very strange that MOI has such a low counting 7 hours after polling stations have closed. Run-off still possible. Kazemian wonders, if IRGC is busy with “engineering” the results.

  16. So all this previous talk from Scott about Iranians perceiving the election as illegitimate flies in the face of a voter turnout approaching 80 percent.

    Don’t you ever tire of being wrong?

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