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DATE=5/8/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN / ELECTIONS (L-O) NUMBER=2-262094 BYLINE=LISA BRYANT DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Iran's official news agency says the country's conservative Council of Guardians will not void parliamentary election results for Tehran. From Cairo, Lisa Bryant reports the Council had charged widespread fraud in the February vote, in which reformists swept the polls. TEXT: A member of the Council of Guardians told Iran's news agency that the oversight body may continue counting the parliamentary votes in Tehran, or take other unspecified measures. But he said the council was unlikely to nullify the legislative results in the capital, in which pro-democracy candidates won 29 out of 30 seats. The Council of Guardians spokesman said he hoped the council would publish the final voting results soon. He said either way the parliament would convene as scheduled, on May 27th. The spokesman's remarks follow council allegations of widespread vote fraud and miscounting in Tehran. The body, which must certify all parliamentary results, has voided more than a dozen reformist victories in February's first-round of elections. Along with its claims of fraud, the council hinted it might annul reformist wins for the capital as well. But in press reports, Iran's interior ministry denied allegations of vote rigging in Tehran. A ministry statement carried in local newspapers called the council's claim baseless. It said that the council's secretary general had privately endorsed the election results a month ago. The ministry statement also urged the council to make Tehran's voting results public. The latest developments are good news for moderates aligned with President Mohammed Khatami, who again swept the polls in a second round of elections Friday. Their newest wins consolidate their strong majority in the new, 290-seat parliament. In recent weeks, voting gains by Iran's reformists, have been tempered by setbacks elsewhere. The country's conservative Press Court has closed 16 pro- democracy publications, including a newspaper owned by President Khatami's brother. But a new newspaper has hit Iran's newsstands. In its first issue, the "Bahar" daily said it aimed to be an independent publication. The newspaper's editorial also expressed regret over the recent press crackdown, and said freedom of expression in Iran was vital. (SIGNED) NEB/LB/GE/RAE 08-May-2000 09:00 AM EDT (08-May-2000 1300 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .