Thousands of Syrians flocked today morning to polling stations across almost the entire war-torn country to vote in controversial parliamentary elections.

More than 11300 candidates nationwide are competing for 250 seats in the Syrian Parliament for a 4-year tenure. Likewise, more than 7300 ballot boxes have been deployed in government-held areas across the country.

In the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, some 17 polling stations have been set up in the government-held districts of the city where civilians have been suffering a crippling blockade by ISIS for more than a year.

In a related context, the government have offered the displaced people of Raqqa the opportunity to vote for their representatives through providing ballot boxes in neighboring governorates like Hama and Tartous where most of those displaced people reside.

Similarly, ballot boxes have been established for the people of Idlib in the coastal city of Latakia.

The parliamentary elections come as the Syrian government and opposition were forced to engage in peace talks brokered by Russia and the United States.

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