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States Calls Syrian Elections a Missed Opportunity
Carpenter urges Damascus to pursue true democratic
–- The United States has dismissed the Syrian
parliamentary elections scheduled for April 22 as a
missed opportunity for meaningful democratic reform,
saying the highly restricted nature of the electoral
process renders the vote meaningless.
Syrian government and its ruling Baath Party
periodically go through this motion of holding what they
call elections, but the regime continues to use
authoritarian rule as established by its emergency law,
its all-powerful security forces, and its monopoly
control over the legal process and framework to ensure
that the election -- the so-called election -- doesn't
in any way reflect a democratic process,” Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs J.
Scott Carpenter told journalists during a briefing in
Washington April 19.
said the Syrian parliamentary candidates carefully are
vetted for loyalty to the ruling Baath Party and that
the vast majority of eligible voters in
said the democratic process involves much more than an
election. “[T]he election day of any election is
only the end point of an entire process,” he said.
“How long is the campaign? Does the opposition
have access to the airwaves to make its point and case?
Does it have money with which to conduct its campaign?
All of these elements are part of an election process
... that can convey legitimacy.”
said a free and fair election includes opposition
parties, a free press, civil society participation and
nonpartisan elections observers. He said the
presence of an independent electoral commission is
important in establishing the legitimacy of an election,
as is the legal framework for the electoral process,
including methods of nominating candidates and
candidates’ access to the media.
pointed to other recent elections in the region to draw
a contrast with
urged the Syrian regime to move toward a more open
democratic process in its own self-interest.
“[M]aybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but at some
point, the people are just going to be so fed up that
they're not going to take it anymore,” he said.
“And the problem then is that you have a situation in
which there is no predictability.”
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