Syrians Vote Despite Lack of Real Choice
If the state only has one party, elections would only be a show for those outside the country; I'm not surprised that voters are less than enthusiastic.
Voting has so far been slow in Syria where a two-day election for a new parliament is under way, reports say.
Unlike the polls in Nigeria or France, there is almost no contest and voters are not showing much interest.
Two-thirds of the seats will go to the ruling Baath Party and its allies, and even state-controlled newspapers have deplored the lack of enthusiasm.
Dissidents are still in jail, a sign of little change in Syria since Bashar Assad came to power seven years ago.
The government has described the election as a showcase for Syrian democracy and has urged people to turn out to vote.