An introductory session on US elections held in Sana’a [Archives:2004/786/Local News]

November 1 2004

Mohammed bin Sallam
The Deputy director of the American mission, Dr. Nabeel Khuri, with Timothy Fingarson, assistant of the cultural and information attache in the embassy, and Faris Asad, the economical and political attache, held an introductory session on Saturday focusing on the US elections that are to be held tomorrow. The meeting was attended by a number of the local press representatives who gained some knowledge about the system of the American presidential elections.
Timothy Fingarson talked about the political parties and the way they operate. He noted that the political system in the US had improved tremendously since the beginning of the 19th century and became a feature of the American democracy. He pointed out that the sustainability of the American government is based on the fact that the two parties, Republican and Democratic, have been dominating the government for more than a century.
He talked about how elections are carried out and how their integrity is maintained. He also briefly described the processes of registering the electors' names, counting votes and preparing the elections' cards are carried out.
It is worth mentioning that the American presidential elections are accompanied with the election of 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators besides electing directors of the municipal and legislative councils in each state.
Dr. Nabeel al-Khuri concluded the meeting by saying that what makes the elections in the American system interesting is possibility for a party to have the presidency of the White House while the other party can dominate the congress. In contrast to the elections of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the legislative and judiciary authorities are elected independently in the United States of America.