1 May 2014, 21:32

Registration for Syria election completed - report

Registration for Syria election completed - report

The application deadline for the presidential election in Syria slated for June 3 has expired, Syria's official news agency SANA reported Thursday. Seven more candidates submitted their applications to run in next month's presidential election as the registration deadline ended, thus bringing the total number of candidates to 24.

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.

Bashar Assad files bid to run for Syria's president

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.

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