Al-Lahham Urges Election Experts in Friendly Countries to Follow up Syrian Presidential Elections

DAMASCUS, (ST)-Speaker of the People's Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham on Monday sent letters of invitation to parliament speakers, MPs and national assemblies of a number of friendly countries urging them to send their election experts in order to follow up the upcoming Syrian presidential elections scheduled to be held on June 3rd, 2014.

The invitation letters read: "It is my pleasure to tell you that the presidential elections in the Syrian Arab Republic have been decided to be held on June 3rd, 2014 based on the Syrian Constitution and relevant laws and in a real and democratic presidential race to which 24 candidates belonging to different parties and representing all the categories and components of the Syrian society had applied. It is also my pleasure to call on you to send a group of your respectable MPs and election experts to Syria to follow up the presidential elections in our country, starting from our trust in your objective and supportive stances towards the Syrian people and their right to choose their presidential candidate and political future with complete honesty, freedom and transparency and away from foreign interference."

Al-Lahham's letters added that "it is the first time Syria witnesses a contest between several candidates for the post of the president. It is our pleasure to share us seeing how the Syrian people are going to choose their president with complete democracy, particularly under the ongoing systematic political and media war being waged by western and Arab countries and media institutions against the Syrian state and people."

The letters were sent to the parliaments of the friendly countries of Russia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador and Armenia.

Al-Lahham thanked Syria's friendly countries' parliaments and people for their support to the country's unity and sovereignty and for their rejection of the foreign-backed international takfiri terrorism which has been targeting Syria over the past three years.  

H. Mustafa 

SCC approves three presidential candidates' applications

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The Supreme Constitutional Court has approved three out of twenty-four applications submitted to run for the forthcoming presidential elections, Lawyer Majed Khadra declared on Sunday.

The court's Spokesman said at a news conference held today that the applications submitted by Mr. Maher Abdulhafiz Hajjar, Mr.Hassan Abdullah al-Nouri and Dr.Bashar Hafez al-Assad were approved.

MPs complete supporting twenty-four presidential candidates

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The members of parliament have completed supporting candidates for the forthcoming presidential elections under the constitution and the general election law, the official news agency reported on Friday.

Each candidate must receive the support of 35 MPs to make their run official.

Over the past 10 days, as of 22 April, the People's Assembly [Parliament] received twenty-four notifications from the Supreme Constitutional Court on applications submitted to it for registration as presidential candidates.

PA Notified of Six More Presidential Candidates

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The People's Assembly on Wednesday received from the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) notifications saying that six ew presidential candidacy applications were submitted by Mahmoud Khalil Halbouni, Mohammad Hassan al-Kanaan, Khaled Abdo al-Kreidi, Basheer Mohammad al-Balah, Ahmad Hassoun al-Abboud and Ayman Shamdin al-Issa Alam.

The new bids raise the number of candidates running in the coming presidential elections to 17.

Tomorrow is the deadline set by the SCC to accept applications.

H. Mustafa

Voters to Show ID at Polling Stations Inside the Country

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The Syrian citizens who illegally left the country could cast their votes at the border centers during the presidential elections, chief of the elections' Higher Judicial Committee says.

Judge Hesham al-Sha'aar declared today that there would be ballot boxes in the border centers inside the Syrian territories for the Syrian citizens, who illegally left the country, to vote for  the forthcoming presidential elections.

As for the Syrian residents abroad, the judge noted that the election record includes their names and they can vote using their valid Syrian Passport as an identification on May 28th.