Despite the crisis situation in the country, the results of the Parliamentary elections in Syria has been released on July 21 that declared President Bashar al-Assad’s party victorious.
Syria went on polls on July 19. A total of 7,277 polling stations opened across the government-controlled areas for the one-day elections as voters have the chance to vote on 1,656 candidates for the 250-seat Parliament.
The counting of the same was to take place on July 20, but because of reruns in some polling stations in northern and eastern Syria as a result of some issues in the voting process, the counting took place on July 21.
According to the state news agency, the trend of the Parliamentary elections showed that the voting process witnessed a participation rate of 33.17 percent.
President Bashar al-Assad’s ruling party and the allied candidates on the “National Unity” list took 177 seats out of 250 in the July 19 elections. Several young candidates participated in the election.
The election process has been termed as a “farce” by the exiled opposition of Syria and the widely expected result has not come as a surprise of the greater audience. The Kurdish militia in north-eastern Syria didn’t observe the elections and said it has nothing to do with it.
It is worth noting that the Syrian government is now in control of around 70 percent of the Syrian territory with ultra-radical rebels in control of Idlib in north-western Syria and the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) controlling areas in north-eastern Syria.