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Nasser Hejazi for president?!That's only a joke!It's like if I announce I'll run for president,Do you right my name there?!--Sina 10:46, 8 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Mohsen Mehralizadeh is not uncertain candidate right now.He will withdraw if he finds a good reformist candidate.As now, he is runner not uncertain.--Sina 11:19, 2 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Ebrahim Yazdi[edit]

I don't know Ebrahim Yazdi is an Independent candidate or he is a Reformist candidate. What do you think?--Sina 14:56, 27 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Interesting links[edit]

This should be useful: http://sharghnewspaper.com/840227/html/index.htm roozbeh 14:34, May 17, 2005 (UTC)

Vandalism[edit]

We have a bunch of vandalism from user 217.219.189.12 , Is there any suggestion for preventing these kind of vandalism?--Sina 21:37, 9 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Presidency[edit]

It is not right to support Rafsanjani becuase we dont want to see Ahmadinejhad as a president. It will be right if we support Rafsanjani to support the way forward in Iran. As I have to mention Rafsanjani is the bigest and most experienced political figure in Islamic Republic of Iran. Ignoring him is like ignoring all the politicians in Iran, including Khatami and Moeen, as about 12 years ago they were appointed by Rafsanjani as Iran's ministers.


I hastily updated the article, or at least the lead section, to account for the result. I haven't been following the election as closely as I'm sure some of us have, but I just wanted us to be up-to-date. Everyking 05:05, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)

(Please note: No international observers ...[edit]

Well, I'll see if I can come do what I suggested this weekend. Juan Golblado 04:18, 24 February 2006 (UTC)

Thank you for putting the note about lack of credible observers in here.

Here are some quotes from the eminent Iranian journalist I mentioned, Amir Taheri, Iran has no independent election commission and there were no impartial observers. Worse, the seven candidates (jokingly dubbed "The Seven Dwarfs") had observers in fewer than a third of polling stations. http://www.benadorassociates.com/article/16027

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his European colleagues would be foolish to pretend that the election that made Khatami president was somehow more legitimate than the one that gave the victory to Ahmadinejad. The second point that merits mentions is the Khomeinist regime has always used a simulacrum of elections, rather than bloody purges and gulags, to sort out its internecine feuds. The fact that Khamenei's eldest son Mujtaba acted as Ahmadinejad's campaign manager shows that the surprise outcome of the election had been planned long in advance. Khamenei's victory, however, may prove to be the result of a Faustian pact with the well-entrenched and ambitious military elite within the regime.

Created history http://www.benadorassociates.com/article/16308

Taheri has suggested elsewhere, though I haven't re-found it yet, more explicitly that the election results reflect the supreme clerical leadership's view of what they want to do rather than any actual counted votes.

You commented that US and other countries don't have international observers. The OSCE observed the 2004 US elections and described them as free and fair. But the overarching issue is that in the US, France, Poland, the election process is transparent, and all the parties have observers who have no fear about exercising that right. In the US you have the League of Women Voters and other organisations that monitor the integrity of elections quite closely. As a result, the EU which regularly observes elections in less well established democracies and controversial situations, don't waste their time observing elections in US, Poland or France.

I pasted the note in all sections where the election results were discussed because the lack of confirmation of the results, the lack of transparency, calls into question the very legitimacy of the exercise. I put it in as a health warning: we have these very precise sounding figures but what we don't have is any indication that the figures represent anything real.

I wonder if a shorter notice in the four relevant sections with a link to a longer comment in the controversies section would be better? The longer comment would contain the references to Taheri's published articles.

(This is my first time in the Wikipedia discussion area so I hope my method of writing at the top of the entry and drawing a line between it and the original entry is acceptable and clear. I will look for specific guidelines.)

I will check back here later tonight or tomorrow to see if there is any response. Juan Golblado 19:42, 22 February 2006 (UTC)


This note was pasted several times throughout the text - i've put it here so it doesn't get lost:

(Please note: No international observers or credibly independent Iranian observers were present during these elections or the run-up to the elections or during any counting of votes. The only figures available are from the Iranian government and are uncorroborated. Independent analysts, including Iranian exile and former executive editor-in-chief of Iran's main daily newspaper prior to 1979, Kayhan, Amir Taheri, say the government figures are meaningless.)

IMHO this would be OK to add to the section Election controversies, but it really should have a reference. i'm not sure how relevant it is - elections in USA, France, Poland, usually have very few international observers - they only have observers from a variety of local political parties - and it seems there were plenty of pre-election polls, which seem at least consistent enough with the official results that meaningless sounds exaggerated - AFAIK the clerical authorities wanted Rafsanjani to win, not Ahmadinejad.

In any case, unless we're going to stick warnings about likely election bias in every section of every election page, then i don't see why we should start for this page.

If there's an online reference to Amir Taheri's statement, then include it (once) in Election controversies. Boud 05:30, 22 February 2006 (UTC)


Note: All candidates are allowed to have representatives in all polling stations. rdt (talk) 16:38, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

The sentence about Ahmadinejad is misleading, as it is a costume in Iran to kiss the hand of older and respected people. Many other people kiss the hand of leader when meeting him. I suggest this sentence to be removed. rdt (talk) 16:38, 9 June 2009 (UTC)


I think it is accepted that Ahmadinejad received lots of votes. The main controversy is that the Basij (which is not just a militia but has lots of other branches) was campaigning for Ahmadinejad. The were arguing with people in many major cities for convincing them to vote for Ahmadinejad. Reformist argue that Basij is related to Pasdaran and therefore should not campaign. Also the polls days before election by reformists were showing that there was a major move toward voting for Ahmadinejad. It should be also noted that the election was carried out by Khatami's government (a reformist Government), and Rafsanjani is considered one of most influential people in Iran's system and has a very closed relationship with the leader Khamenei. Accusations of reformist that the was a major rigging does not seem to be true. Inability of reformists to carried out what they have promised caused a major loss of vote. Ahmadinejad was considered an outsider by many at the time, where as Rafsanjani was considered the candidate of government. All together, Iranian political system is much more complex and there are many power centers with conflicting ideas and programs. rdt (talk) 16:50, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

POPULIST VIEWS?[edit]

Get that citation coming you biased Wikipedia writers. Where on Earth is your neutrality? Hypocrites playing to be rational. So anybody can post here their own personal opinions and leave them posted as long as they are alligned with the ideologies of the hypocrites running this page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 200.104.111.49 (talk) 00:03, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Voter Turnout Contradiction[edit]

The top of the page says voter turnout in the second round was 48%, yet under the results subheading it says 59.6%. Which is correct? 207.6.144.84 (talk) 02:40, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Stub?[edit]

There is currently a stub tag on this article. Why? KConWiki (talk) 01:47, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

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