Interior Ministry Denies Voting was Obstructed

Ministry says rumors aim at affecting the democratic atmosphere of the presidential election


The Interior Ministry has dismissed rumors that ID cards had been damaged, that voting was taking place via Internet in cases where voters could not reach an election center and that roads had been blockaded between Syrian cities as " completely false".


The ministry pointed out that these rumors aim at affecting the democratic atmosphere of the presidential election, which is to be held Tuesday.


In a statement, the ministry clarified that no sign is to be marked on ID's or passports for those who are going to practice their electoral right to vote, adding that those who want to vote should come in person.


"The Ministry is going to take all required procedures to facilitate the movement of citizens to and from city centers," the statement added.


The Ministry noted that each election committee member should make sure that ID's belong to the voters carrying them, and then the committee hands them a sealed envelop with one paper inside containing the names and pictures of the three candidates.


Voters are to enter a secret room for selecting a candidate, and mark down any sign on the chosen candidate's space. Then, they are to replace the paper inside the envelop and cast it in the ballot box.


After closing the boxes, center committees will count the number of envelops and compare them with the number of voters, without checking their contents. The elections committee counts votes and organizes a minutes in the presence of candidates' agents.


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer



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