Syria continues despite the crisis that afflicts the reform process it has set, and this weekend began the campaign for the legislative elections of May 7 to those who are called more than 14 million voters.
Posters and leaflets with pictures and slogans began to appear on Saturday and Sunday everywhere in Damascus and other major cities, on poles, walls and lights with photos of those who aspire to occupy one of the 250 seats in the People's Assembly.
This election is unique in that of the 250 seats contested, 127 shall be occupied by workers and peasants, by presidential decree. Deputy Interior Minister for Civil Affairs, Brigadier General Hassan Jalali, reported that 14 788,000 644 million citizens are eligible to go to the polls on May 7 in the first vote that takes place in Syria under the provisions pluralistic multipardistas of the new Constitution.
To facilitate voting, citizens may vote only with the presentation of identity card, said Jalali, and while he was awarded the Supreme Election Committee (ESC) by presidential decree authority to settle any claim arising under any irregularities in the electoral process.
Some areas including TV Syria also began to invite representatives of parties and candidates, including the opposition, to discuss the details of these elections in which first involved parties and independent politicians outside the ruling coalition National Progressive Front (NPF).
Sometimes have been hot debates between respondents and moderators when they discussed such measures and guarantees the transparency of the vote or criticism of past elections.
President of the ESC, Khalaf al-Ezawi made public that the number of candidates who have registered throughout the country for these elections is seven thousand 195. Among them two thousand 632 have college degrees and 710 are women.
In making the announcement, al-Ezawi said that voters are free to choose whom they consider the best candidates, and said that the Constitution favors the legal framework for these elections are free, fair and democratic. For the first time, the Arab Socialist Party Al-Baath (PASB), which turned 65 years of existence, an event celebrated with mass demonstrations of members and supporters yesterday in the largest cities, faces at the polls new organizations have emerged in the heat of the reform process and in the midst of the crisis.
The nine matches so far approved since late January are Solidarity, al-Watan, Syrian Democratic Al-Ansar, Al-Talea Democratic, Arab Solidarity Democratic National Development, National Youth and National Youth Syria for Justice and Development. The PASB, meanwhile, leads the current coalition government that FPN has been in power for over 40 years.
The organization reiterated in public statements this week its commitment to embrace the reforms promoted by President Bashar al-Assad and actively participate in this democratic process. communication in its 65 anniversary this group says it will take an active part in the concept of democracy, vote for freedom and make their contribution to the construction of a new Syria and strengthen the process of reform and development leading President al-Assad. accompany the PASB in the FPN, to be presented as compact force in the elections of May 7 Seven other parties and two trade union federations.
They are the Communist party, Arab Socialist Union, Syrian National Socialist, Arab Socialist Movement, al-Ahd National Democratic Union Socialist, Socialist Unionist Democratic Unionist and Socialist.Also, what form the Federation of Trade Unions and the General Union of Peasants. For the first time in elections in Syria may freely aspire citizens of Kurdish origin under Article IX of the new Constitution which recognizes the community as an integral part Syrian nation and the national cultural heritage.