The second presidential elections, since the beginning of Syria’s uprising turned war (a decade ago), commenced on Wednesday.
Voters in government held parts of Syria, are headed to the polls to cast ballots. Polling stations were opened in the morning, and voting lasted through out the day.
Syria’s Interior Minister, Mohammed AL Rahmoun had announced on Tuesday, that over 12,000 polling station had been set up across the country for May 26, presidential elections.
The Minister added that all logistics, preparation have been finalized to ensure smooth elections, noting an estimate of over 18 million citizens across the country whom were eligible to vote.
There are three candidates running for the seat of the president; namely, Incumbent President Bashar Al Assad, Former Deputy Cabinet Minister Abdullah Saloum Abdullah, and Mahmoud Ahmed Marei – head of a small Syrian Opposite Party.
President Bashar AL Assad, is running his third term in office, and is heading for a fourth term, if he eventually wins the elections.
However, in 2014, Al Assad won nearly 89 percent of the total votes.
Syrians living overseas, have already cast their ballots at Syrian embassies and consulate.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | May 26, 2021