(13/4/2016) ~ The People’s Assembly elections for selecting 250 members from over 3,500 candidates from across all Syrian provinces began at 7 AM on Wednesday April 13th, with voters beginning to arrive at the voting centers.
Voting centers, which number over 7,300, opened their doors to voters at 7 AM and will remain open until 7 PM. The duration of the elections can be extended for five hours by a decision from the Higher Judicial Committee for Elections.
Candidates began their elections campaigns on March 14th, which continued until the morning of Tuesday April 12th, at the same time as the judicial subcommittees for the elections announced their readiness to carry out and supervise the elections.
SANA’s correspondents in the provinces reported that 17 voting centers in Deir Ezzor, 1,047 centers in Lattakia, around 347 centers in Sweida, 368 in Hasaka, 816 in Tartous, and 347 in Sweida are receiving voters.
It should be noted that voting centers were opened in Damascus, Damascus Countryside, Hama, Lattakia, Aleppo, Tartous, Hasaka, and Deir Ezzor to receive voters staying in these provinces who are originally from other areas, namely the provinces of Idleb, Raqqa, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, and Daraa.
To cover this event, a media center for mass media outlets was set up at Sheraton Hotel in Damascus.
In a statement to SANA, head of Higher Judicial Committee for Elections, Judge Hisham al-Shaar, said that elections are proceeding well, with no complaints or problems registered so far, and that the voters turnout is good.
President al-Assad and Mrs. al-Assad
vote in People’s Assembly elections
(13/4/2016) ~ President Bashar al-Assad and Mrs. Asma al-Assad voted Wednesday in the People’s Assembly elections at a voting center in al-Assad Library in Damascus.
In a statement to the media as he left the voting center, President al-Assad said:
“the Syrian people are engaged in a war that has been going on for five years, through which terrorism managed to shed innocent blood and destroy much infrastructure, but it failed in achieving the primary goal it was assigned, which is destroying the principle structure in Syria, meaning the social structure of the national identity.”
“This is why the terrorists’ employers and masters moved in a parallel direction under a political headline whose main goal is to undermine this social structure and undermine the national identity, which are expressed by the constitution,” His Excellency said.
“The Syrian people have been aware during the past years of that point, which is why we saw the citizens’ enthusiasm to participate in all previous constitutional requirements whether they were the presidential elections or the legislative elections, and this is what we see today as well with the wide-scale participation by all elements of society, particularly in the matter of running for the elections, as this year saw an unprecedented number compared to any parliamentary elections in Syria throughout the past decades,” President al-Assad added.
He pointed out that participation in these elections involved all components of society, and at the forefront of them are families that lost their children because of terrorism and families of martyrs and wounded people who sacrificed their lives or bodies in defense of the homeland, adding…
“the homeland is land, people, and institution, and what brings all these elements together is the constitution.”
“Because of all that, you see us participating today by voting together, which is the first time we do so as the President and his wife, and it’s natural for us to be among those contributing today in this requirement as Syrian citizens defending the constitutional requirement with all that the constitution represents to us, whether as two Syrians or as Syrians as a whole,”
… President al-Assad said, adding…
“also, it is natural to witness great enthusiasm among citizens, which is what we saw in the first years of these elections.”
PHOTOS FROM ACROSS ALL SYRIAN PROVINCES
(13/4/2016) ~ The People’s Assembly elections for selecting 250 members from over 3,500 candidates from across all Syrian provinces began at 7 AM on Wednesday April 13th, with voters beginning to arrive at the voting centers, which number over 7,300. The centers will remain open until 7 PM.
Dabbousiye border crossing point
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