Election takes place as violence continues
Syria is holding a general election today despite the continuing violence which is in breach of the Kofi Anan, United Nations brokered ceasefire. The election is being held on the new constitutional changes introduced after the 26th February referendum which allows for multi-party elections.
In all, 14,788,644 people are eligible to vote at 12,152 polling stations nationwide, although how effective the system will be in the conflict areas is unsure. There are 7,195 candidates standing in the 15 electoral constituencies for the 250 seats of the People’s Assembly. Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Most of the key opposition parties are boycotting the election which the Ba’ath Party of President Bashar al-Assad is expected to win.
The state run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on 3rd May that a new coalition would contest the elections under the title ‘Coalition of Peaceful Change Forces’. According to the state agency the coalition includes ‘the Public Will Party, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, the Third Movement for Syria, the Peaceful Change Path Popular Movement, the Democratic Marxist Assembly, the National Work Movement, and various popular committees from Deir Ezzor and Lattakia’
Counting will commence as soon as the polls close.