In a key development for Syria’s political landscape, President Bashar al-Assad, who also serves as the Secretary General of the al-Baath Arab Socialist Party, engaged in a comprehensive review of the electoral process with the Higher Committee for Supervising Party Elections. The committee briefed President al-Assad on their recent activities, which included tours and meetings in various branches and governorates. They also discussed procedural issues raised during these dialogues, focusing on ensuring the integrity, fairness, and representativeness of the nomination, voting, and result processes.
In his meeting with the committee, President al-Assad acknowledged the responsibility and transparency demonstrated by the committee in facilitating rich dialogues across party branches. He emphasized the importance of this electoral supervision experience, seeing it as a foundation for future elections at different party levels following an expanded conference. The President stressed the need for a scientific and precise evaluation of this experience to identify and rectify any shortcomings in the implementation of regulatory rules.
The discussion with the committee also covered the methodology for the upcoming electoral process, including new aspects arising from branch meetings and the unique characteristics of different party branches. These factors’ implications on organizational elements were also considered.
The committee highlighted issues regarding undocumented partisans in certain governorates and the right of winning candidates at the People’s level to withdraw at the branch level. Decisions on these matters are forthcoming, with the committee set to announce the start date for the party elections, expected to commence shortly.
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