Syria Electoral System Advisory

Syrian electoral system receives a 0% grade as part of a global study

The Syrian federal electoral system received an overall score of 0 per cent for electoral fairness in a
global study being conducted by the Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA), a non-partisan
organization that advances fair and transparent democratic processes. Areas of analysis in the
study includes fairness in electoral spending, equality of voter say, equality of candidate and party
influence and equality of media coverage. A group of diverse and non-partisan FDA electoral
auditors rated each section out of 10 points in terms of fairness.

Key points gleaned from the study:

The Syrian overall electoral fairness score of 0 per cent means that there is complete
electoral unfairness in Syria, and any elements of electoral fairness are trumped by overall
electoral unfairness.
The overall 0 per cent score for Syria is the same as the total score for Egypt (under former
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak).
Syria’s electoral and constitutional laws and regulations which are the foundation for Syrian
democracy are completely undemocratic.

Media contacts:

Stephen Garvey, Executive Director
Foundation for Democratic Advancement
Phone: (403) 669-8132

Zeb Qureshi, Director of Marketing
Foundation for Democratic Advancement
Phone: (403) 390-9750

About the FDA:

The Foundation for Democratic Advancement (“FDA”)’s mission is to advance fair and
transparent democratic processes wherever elections occur. The FDA believes that fairer
electoral systems and a more informed public will help ensure the election of candidates
who truly represent the will of the people. The FDA fulfills its mission by performing detailed
electoral audits on political candidates and parties to inform the public, objectively and
impartially, about their electoral choices. Also, the FDA audits electoral legislation in terms
of fairness and equity, and conducts ground level assessments of democratic processes.

2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Study on Syria

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