Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, a close aide and advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has announced that the government will not allow anything to compromise the health and transparency of the presidential election. In an interview with the state news agency IRNA on Sunday March 24, Mashai said the president has announced that he will be ready to confront even the slightest shadow of doubt about the running of the elections. Iran’s presidential election is set for June 2013. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not eligible to run, having already served two consecutive terms, but he is reportedly intent on promoting his close advisor, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, to run in the race.
… The 2009 presidential election became controversial after the reformist candidates questioned the legitimacy of the vote count and Ahmadinejad’s victory. Mass street protests were violently put down after Ayatollah Khamenei announced his support for Ahmadinejad.
Now the tables have turned and Ahmadinejad is predicting possible tampering with the election process and has implicitly accused forces loyal to the supreme leader of planning illegal interference in the running of the election.