Syrian dissidents to vote through '99 percent', internet site

Syrian dissidents have posted an Internet site called "99 percent" - an ironic reference to what they suspect will be officially announced as President Basher al-Assad's margin of approval in the presidential referendum on Sunday.

Syrian dissidents to vote through '99 percent', internet site
Syrian dissidents have posted an Internet site called "99 percent" - an ironic reference to what they suspect will be officially announced as President Basher al-Assad's margin of approval in the presidential referendum on Sunday.

The site's operators also invite Syrians not to cast their ballots in what they say will be a rigged vote but to stay at home and to "vote" on another dissident Internet site, Tharwa Community.

The virtual poll is "an attempt to offer a broader platform for all the Syrian activists and dissidents wherever they are," the site says, referring to many members of the Syrian opposition who live in exile.

The sit will also act as "a base from which to monitor and evaluate the legitimacy of the next parliamentary and municipal elections but also of the current presidential referendum."

Syria's parliament, which is dominated by the ruling Baath party and its allies nominated al-Assad as the only presidential candidate. Voters will be asked to express their view on the candidate by marking their ballots with "yes" or "no".

The Tharwa site offers Internet surfers the chance to express their "yes" or "no" for al-Assad on the Internet provided they register with their name and e-mail address - a requirment observers say will probably deter many afraid of being identified as opponents of the Syrian government.

Source: Baw and AKI
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