Syria's Internal Opposition Outlook on Parliamentary Elections:

A number of Syrian internal opposition leaders and figures gave their opinion on the 19 July People’s Assembly (parliament) election and called on the Syrian government to do more in activating  the political life.

Secretary General of the opposition ‘Syrian Democratic Front’ Mahmoud Mari shared his views with syriatimes,

“We call on the Syrian authority to steep up  its efforts and further consolidate cooperation between different political parties .All political parties and groups are equal, including the Ba’ath party,” Mari said to Syria Times.

Mari was a candidate  for the People’s Assembly (parliament) election in the Governorate of Damascus Rural but he lost the election.

 

“ We called for a Syrian-Syrian dialogue conference to be held in Damascus attended by the authority and the internal national opposition, and part of the external opposition not associated with regional and international agendas, and this is part of my electoral program, which is composed of seven points on how to get out of the crisis, and address the living conditions of the citizen, and work in order to lift the economic sanctions on the Syrian people and Syria,” Mari said 

On July 21, the Higher Judicial Committee for elections announced the results of People’s Assembly elections for the third legislative term. Chairman of the Committee, Judge Samer Zamreeq announced the names of the winning candidates to the people’s Assembly and added that the turnout at the election was 33.17%.

Mari disagreed with the official turnout and added that the turnout in this election is lower than the 2016 People’s Assembly (parliament) election.

Syria’s Justice Minister Judge Hisham al-Sha’ar said that the number of those entitled to vote according to the records of the Ministries of Interior and Justice reached about 19 million, while the number of those who exercised their electoral rights amounted to 6 million and 224 thousand and 687 voters, which means that the turnout reached about 33.17%.

“Syrians abroad do not have the right to vote and some could not come to exercise their right due to the closure of borders and airports due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic,” Judge Hisham al-Sha’ar said.

Mohammad al-Daleem, Syrian political activist, disagreed totally with what Mari said and called on the losers of elections not to criticized the process of election and winners.

“Always, the losers of elections criticize the elections and fabricate false news to justify their loss. The Ba’ath Party and its National Progressive Front’s parties presented their candidate and supported them to reach to the People’s Assembly (parliament). 1,656 Syrian candidates, including 200 women compete against one another for fair and justice election,”Mohammad  al-Daleem.

“The Syrian government organized the People’s Assembly (parliament) election as a constitutional duty and it should run in its constitutional timetables. The Syrian people participated in the election and voted for their candidate to change their living condition,” Mohammad al-Daleem said to Syria Times.

The Secretary General of the opposition Change and Al-Nahada (Revival) Party Mustafa Kalaji said that the People’s Assembly (parliament) election proves that the Syrian state is still strong and running the political life in the country although there are some mistakes in the election process.

“We should discuss two key issues regarding this election. The Ba’ath party and (National Progressive Front (NPF) have 185 MPs in the Parliament so, any draft law needs their approvals to run because they are the vast majority. The second issue is the election law which considers the Governorate of Aleppo as a single constituency. How can a candidate  from Aleppo countryside town of Azaz run his election campaign in other towns such Minbij which is 100km from Azaz or Afrin which 60km from Azaz. In small administrative units such a town it is more feasible because voters and candidates know each,”  Kalaji said to Syria Times.

Despite mistakes and problems in the election process but the Syrian government could achieve security and stability in all election stations in the government held areas ,but the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) boycotted the election and closed all election centers in its occupied areas.

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Reported by: Obaida Hamad/ Inas Abdulkareem

Photos by : Obaida Hamad