Assad’s party wins majority of seats in general election
As expected President Bashar Al-Assad’s ruling Arab Socialist Ba’ath party and allies have won 200 of the 250 seats in the general election which took place on 13th April.
The election commission announced that there were 8,834,994 eligible voters, of which 5,085,444 voted giving a turnout of 57.56% in the 2016. In 2012 the number of eligible voters was around 10.2 million with a turnout of 51.26% and in 2007 there were 11.96 million eligible voters with turnout at 56.12%. This would suggest that around three million people have left the electoral register or, at the very least, were not able to register to vote; that is about a quarter of the voting population in 2007.