President Bashar al-Assad elected President with 88.7% of the vote
Incumbent President Bashar al-Assad has won the Presidential election with 88.7% of the vote according to a statement released by Speaker of the People’s Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham this morning.
His two opponents, Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri and Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar received 4.3% and 3.2% of the vote respectively.
In a country of around 23 million people prior to the start of the civil war in 2011 the number of eligible voters was around 15.8 million and reportedly 11.6 million people voted in the election on Tuesday. This figure seems high with around 2.7 million people in refugee camps in neighbouring countries and large parts of the north and the east of the country in rebel hands and therefore beyond the reach of the election process. It would suggest a near 100% turnout in government controlled areas.
The official press announcement of the result as published on the Syrian Arab News Agency website is as follows:
“Dr. Bashar Hafez al-Assad wins post of President of Syria with sweeping majority of votes at 88.7%
Jun 05, 2014
Damascus, SANA, Speaker of the People’s Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham announced Wednesday that Dr. Bashar Hafez al-Assad won the post of the Syrian Arab Republic’s President for a new constitutional term, having the majority of participants’ votes with 10.319.723 votes and 88.7% of the correct votes.
Al-Laham added at a press conference that the Higher Constitutional court reached to the final result of the elections for the President of Syria for 2014 as follows:
The number of those who have the right to take part in the presidential elections inside and outside Syria reached at 15.845.575 citizens and the number of participants in the voting reached at 11.634.412 while the number of invalid papers reached at 442.108 with 3.8%.
He added that the number of votes each candidate has gained in a proper sequence was: Dr. Bashar Hafez al-Assad is 10.319.723 votes with 88.7% out of the correct votes, Dr. Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri, got 500,279 votes with a percentage of 4.3% of the valid votes, while Mr. Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar got 372,301 with a percentage of 3.2% of the valid votes.
Speaker al-Laham said that the announcement of results came in accordance with article No. 86 of the Constitution and item B of Article 79 of the General Elections’ Law, expressing, by the name of People’s Assembly, his pride of the Syrian people’s option and their correct decision, blessing, at the same time, this Arab leader who is confident in his people’s will.”