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In first three hours, polling stations nationwide deserted

ImageIran – election – statement no. 2

Reports from different Iranian cities indicated that in the first three hours of the voting all polling stations were deserted in most areas. Eyewitness reports showed that in many polling stations, including those in Tehran’s Afsarieh, Pirouzi, Sadouqi, Tehran-Pars, Vali-asr, Ghaem Magham Farahani streets and Hafthoz Square in Narmak, less than five people had cast their ballots. In the capital, State Security Forces roam the streets.

In Karaj, west of Tehran, polling stations were deserted and only government agents were present on the scene.

In Kamyaram, many polling stations were deserted as only a few turned out to vote. In Bonab, in areas that were normally busy, there was no one to found. In Mashad, northeast Iran, few had cast their ballots by 10:00 am.

In the southeastern city of Zabol, the clerical regime has been bringing people from surrounding villages to the city to give the appearance of a large turnout.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 17, 2005