I've just learned from Drudge that:
Opponents of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took an early lead in key races in Iran's local elections
which was good to know since I didn't stay up to watch the results.
Apparently Government officials were quick:
to praise the turnout, saying it would send a strong message to the West that Iran is a democracy.
Which at at least shows they are keeping pace with the latest techniques in lame election excuses.
But the British site Harry's Place, the first place I look for information on illiberal Islamicist action, provides a counterpoint to his claim.
As does this report in the Guardian:
The university authorities' contentious use of the disciplinary code was said to be a trigger for last week's protest. About 70 students have been suspended and threatened with expulsion for various political activities, including writing articles critical of the government.
Last month, the authorities demolished two building belonging to the Islamic students' committee - a moderate grouping representing diverse opinions. An elected student body was also disbanded. Women students have been told to wear conservative dress and remove any makeup.