DEBKAfile reports December 18, 2006, 5:32 PM (GMT+02:00), from Tehran:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s adherents apply strong-arm tactics to falsify election results after early gains by his opponents
Only one-tenth of the votes had been counted in Tehran 60 hours after balloting ended because the president’s followers, backed by Revolutionary Guards stormed the central election committee. They stopped the counting several times to force the counters with threats and physical harassment to falsify the results and reverse the president’s opponents’ gains.
The most painful blow has been the victory of his main rival ex-president Hashem Rafsanjani in early results to the powerful Assembly of Experts. Therefore, the results when published later this week may hold surprises.