Iran: What went wrong in the elections

A concise, step-by-step analysis from the BBC on what may have gone wrong, technically, politically, and procedurally, in the Iran elections. Snip from one section:
[T]here was a 10-fold increase in the number of mobile polling stations - ballot boxes transported from place to place by agents of the interior ministry, which is run by a close ally of Mr Ahmadinejad. "One third of the ballot boxes were mobile," says Mehdi Khalaji, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "They were out of the control of the local authorities and the representatives of the candidates, and nobody knows what they have done to them".

Polling day saw a record turnout and Iranians queued for hours to cast their ballot in an election which all agreed was critical to the future direction of their country.

"Early on polling day, the SMS network was shut down, that made me worried about what was going to happen," says Tehran journalist Ali Pahlavan.

Suspicions behind Iran poll doubts (Thanks, Antinous!)

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