saintonge at telus.net
Sun Jun 21 06:43:18 UTC 2009
Robert Rohde wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 2:07 PM, Ray Saintonge <saintonge at telus.net> wrote:
>> While there may very well have been widespread fraud, that alone
>> wouldn't be enough to explain away a 29 percentage point spread. A
>> strong line of national security scare-mongering is always good source
>> of votes in the less educated parts of a country. We hear a lot about
>> what is happening in Tehran, but very little about the rest of the country.
> It's easy to explain any margin you want when there are no monitors, no
> reporting of local tallies, and vote aggregation is controlled by a small
> group in one government agency. It's basically a matter of changing numbers
> in a spreadsheet.
> Regardless of what actually happened, it is pretty clear that the process of
> voting in Iran lacks the fundamental transparency necessary to provide
> confidence in the results.
Sure, transparency is a problem, but its absence alone does not imply
fraud. It hurts the Iranian authorities even more if the vote count is
accurate because nobody believes them.
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