Free and Representative – What Democratic Elections in Future Syria Could Look Like
Soon, there will be presidential elections in Syria. No surprises are expected, the results are already set. Democratic elections, however, are less calculable and they offer more political options. Citizens have the opportunity to actively participate in decision-making by voting or may even run for parliament or other political positions. What are further characteristics of democratic elections? How can free and representative elections be implemented in future Syria? What can we learn from the experiences of other countries?
These and other questions will be discussed in our next webinar “Free and representative – What democratic elections in future Syria could look like” by:
Mohamad Mazhar Sharbaji, Local Administration Councils Unit
Cheyma Ben Mbarek, Observatoire Tunisien de la Transition Démocratique
Moderation: Dr. Soeren Keil, Canterbury Christ Church University
Date: April 26, 2021, 2pm Berlin time / 1pm London time / 3pm Damascus / Istanbul time
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93261268792
- Cheyma Ben Mbarek
Cheyma Ben Mbarek is a medical student active in civil society organizations focusing on civic engagement. Due to her work with Al Bawsala and the Tunisian Observatory for Democratic Transition (OTTD), she has expertise in the fields of local administration, decentralisation, transparency and human rights. In order to deepen her understanding of legal topics, she took Masterclasses in law at the Faculty of Legal, Political, and Social Sciences of Tunis. She is currently working as a MEAL officer with Médecins du Monde Belgique – Tunisia mission.
- Muhammad Mazhar Sharbaji
Muhammad Mazhar Sharbaji is from Daraya in the rural area of Damascus. He received a BA in Architecture in 1985 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Planning from Damascus University in 1988. Muhammad Sharbaji worked in the General Society for Studies and Technical Consultancy in Damascus until 1992 and then in the private sector in the fields of training, supervision and engineering. Sharbaji was also active in the Syrian Engineers Syndicate and held the position of head of the Department of Engineers Syndicate in Daraya from 1994 to 2012. In addition to his position as editor-in-chief of Al-Muhandi’s Al-Arabi magazine, he was elected as a member of the General Conference for four consecutive terms. From 2003 to 2005, he served as chairman of the Daraya (Damascus Country) City Council. Mazhar Sharbaji participated in numerous local, regional and international technical conferences. He participated in numerous researches related to local administration and development of laws and statutes, decentralization and Decree 107, Law No. 10 and reconstruction and supported several postgraduate research studies in Doha, England and France. Currently, Mazhar Sharbaji is the Head of Governance and Capacity-Building of the Local Councils Unit of the Assistance Coordination Unit Organization.