Registration for Syria election completed - report
The parliament has now 5 days to consider the applications to see whether they comply with the requirements.
The final list, which is expected to contain only three names, will be revealed not later than May 6 thus paving the way for the beginning of the election campaign.
On Monday Syria's Constitutional Court registered the application of the country's President Bashar Assad, widely expected to have a landslide victory. He was re-elected on May 27, 2007 receiving 97.62 percent of votes. Earlier in March Syrian Parliament passed a new electoral law, for the first time in country's history allowing several candidates to take part in presidential race.
Under the electoral law, a candidate needs to gain support from at least 35 parliamentarians of the 250-seat Legislative Assembly to run in the polls. To be allowed to run for the presidency a candidate has to be over 40 years old, the last 10 of which had to be spent in Syria. Candidates are not allowed to have foreign citizenship.