The Public Relations Center of the Administration of the President of Iran published a press release rejecting information with reference to some president’s allies about existence of a record showing a fraud that happened during the presidential elections in 2009. On Monday, some media outlets in Iran released news about a record of Ahmadinjad’s conversation with some officials after the presidential elections. According to them, the alleged record shows that some Iranian authorities forced Ahmadinejad to announce that he canvassed 24 million votes, while his real votes were only 16 million. According to the claims, Ahmadinejad first disagreed, but they insisted upon their plan to show a large difference between the votes canvassed by Ahmadinejad and his major rival Mir Hossein Mousavi.
The Public Relations Center of Iranian President’s Administration said in the statement that the allegation about the record is a provocation against Ahmadinejad, and the record doesn’t exist. “This groundless information, which was released by a website supporting one of the candidates at upcoming presidential elections, is aimed to damage Ahmadinejad’s image and to spread doubts among people about the election results in Iran,” the statement says.
The statement doesn’t mention the title of the website, but the above-mentioned information was first released at Baztab-e Emrooz website. However, the information disappeared from the website in several hours.