DAMASCUS- Syrian People headed to the ballot boxes Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. to exercise their right in electing the People's Assembly (Parliament) members according the New Constitution adopted last February.
The political parties, trends and powers and independent candidates are taking part in the elections with electoral rolls, alliances or independently under a judicial supervision that ensures fairness, freedom and democracy for the electorate in choosing their representatives.
Syria Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar checked Sunday the electoral centers in Damascus and its countryside, and the measures taken to ensure a safe, free and transparent voting in the People's Assembly elections on Monday.
In a statement to SANA, Minister al-Shaar said that the police commanders and the units affiliated to them were instructed to assume their role in ensuring the security of the centers, adding that they were instructed to take precautionary measures to stop whoever considers tampering with security to obstruct the voting.
Minister al-Shaar also urged Syrian citizens to exercise their right in voting to choose their representatives in the People's Assembly, stressing that May 7th is a national day on which the Syrian people will embody their free will.
In turn and in a statement on Sunday, Syria Information Minister Dr. Adnan Mahmoud said Sunday that the People's Assembly elections are to be held in an atmosphere of democracy and political pluralism, according to the elections' law which tasked the independent judiciary with overseeing the elections through the Higher Committee of Elections.
Minister Mahmoud said that the atmosphere of political and media freedom that the state guaranteed under the constitution allowed the candidates and parties to express their platforms, and electoral campaigns were held in a competitive atmosphere.
He said that the Syrian national media applied the international democratic standards for electoral campaigns in its coverage of the electoral activities and festivals through embracing balance in the news coverage.
Minister Mahmoud added that the Syrian TV will be broadcasting live coverage of the event from over 50 locations all over Syria, in addition to media coverage by correspondents of more than 200 Arab and foreign media outlets , not to mention 100 personalities from Arab and foreign countries.
He added that the Syrian people have shown the highest degrees of awareness and resolve to move ahead with reforms, indicating that the Syrians' participation is intended to challenge the terrorism waged by regional and international powers against Syria.
Syrian People hope that the elections will chart the future of Syria as the ballot box will reveal the popular support for the candidates regardless of their political or party affiliations.