DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad voted in Damascus on Tuesday in an election expected to give him a sweeping win over two little-known challengers, state television reported.
"President Assad voted in a polling station in Maliki," a residential neighbourhood in the city centre, the broadcaster said.
The channel aired still photographs of Assad and his British-born wife Asma as they prepared to cast their votes after filling them in in a curtained booth.
The president wore a dark blue suit, his wife a white blouse, black business skirt and stiletto heels.
Assad's two little-known challengers -- Maher al-Hajjar and Hassan al-Nuri -- both voted earlier in the capital's Sheraton Hotel, an AFP journalist reported.
Voting is being held only in government-controlled areas and the exiled opposition has slammed it as a "blood election", while the United States has dubbed it a "parody of democracy".