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06/10/09

IRIB rejects Ahmadinejad airtime report

Source: Press TV

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting has rejected reports that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been granted additional airtime.

IRIB revealed late Tuesday that no decision has yet been taken on the issue of the president seeking additional airtime to defend his record ahead of the Friday elections.

The IRIB report came in response to claims by officials in the Ahmadinejad camp that the president had been given 45 minutes to broadcast a message to the nation.

Iran has scheduled its 10th presidential elections for June 12.

Guardian Council urges neutrality at Iran polls

The Iranian Guardian Council has called on all election observers to take extra care and remain neutral while performing their duty at the polls on Friday.

"Observers and polling officers are entrusted with the vote of the people, which they must safeguard. None of them must allow their preferences to affect their performance, as it would be against religious ethics, morality and the law," the Council said in a Tuesday statement.

The 12-member observer body, which among other things is tasked with overseeing the elections and ensuring that they are held in a free and fair manner, also urged polling officers and observers to stay strictly within the boundaries of the law and to refrain from advertising for any candidate.

Iranian law requires that all candidates end their election campaign 24 hours before the polls open.

With the country's tenth presidential election just days away, Iran's Judiciary, or more precisely its General Inspection Organization (GIO), has also announced plans to act as an observer in the country's tenth presidential elections alongside the Council.

According to the head of Iran's election headquarters, Kamran Daneshjoo, candidate representatives can also be present at polling stations for all three balloting, counting and transfer procedures.

The Friday vote will determine whether incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will remain in office for another four-year term or be required to hand over the presidential seat to one of his three rivals, Mohsen Rezaei, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, or Mehdi Karroubi.

During the past few weeks, intense election debates, speeches and other campaign programs have heated up the country's political scene, inspiring many to come to the streets and express their support for their desired candidate.

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