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Syrians Vote in Historic Election Amid Civil War

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As Syrians turn out in droves to vote in the country's first multi-candidate presidential election in 40 years, government forces continue assaults on rebels across the region. (June 3)

SHOTLIST:

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Damascus - June 3, 2014

1. Wide, high shot of crowds at voting center

2. Mid, voter showing passport

3. Mid, voters at ballot box

4. Close, ballot box

5. Mid, crowds at voting center

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Damascus - June 3, 2014

6. Various, President Bashar Assad voting with wife

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Damascus - June 3, 2014

7. Mid, Maher Hajjar, presidential candidate voting

8.SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan al Nouri, Syrian Presidential Candidate (Transcript Below)

9. Mid, voter pricking finger to vote on ballot

10. Close, ballot with blood on Assad circle

11. Mid, voter putting ballot into box

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Zaatari Camp - June 3, 2014

12. Mid, busy street at refugee camp

13. Mid, refugees walking at camp

14. Mid, refugees throwing shoes into ballot box

15. Close, shoes going into ballot box

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Damascus - June 3, 2014

16. Mid, crowds holding Assad pictures in air

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Zaatari Camp - June 3, 2014

17. Mid, busy street at refugee camp

18. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abu Ahemd, Syrian refugee from Homs:

"The presidential election in Syria is false and it's not real, and the results of this election are known, because the results of Syria's election before."

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Daraa - June 2, 2014

19. Bomb falling behind buildings, thick smoke billowing, AUDIO: plane (unseen), explosion

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Daraa - June 3, 2014

20. Bomb exploding behind buildings

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Damascus - June 3, 2014

21. Mid, low angle of voting center

22. Mid, over shoulder of woman voting

23. Close, ballot

VOICE OVER SCRIPT:

SYRIANS TURNED OUT IN DROVES TUESDAY TO VOTE IN THE COUNTRY'S FIRST MULTI-CANDIDATE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN MORE THAN 40 YEARS.

THE SUPREME JUDICIAL ELECTORAL COMMITTEE EXTENDED POLLING HOURS BY FIVE HOURS LATER DUE TO RECORD TURNOUT.

CURRENT PRESIDENT BASHAR ASSAD IS EXPECTED TO WIN A THIRD SEVEN-YEAR TERM IN OFFICE. HE FACES TWO GOVERNMENT-APPROVED OPPONENTS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan al Nouri, Syrian Presidential Candidate:

"I am very happy that we are part of this great event today. This election shows the victory we had in Syria. I am very proud of being in Syria and I am very proud of giving my voice in a very democratic way."

SOME STAMPED THEIR BALLOTS WITH BLOOD AFTER PRICKING THEIR FINGERS WITH PINS SUPPLIED BY THE GOVERNMENT. A SYMBOLIC ACT OF ALLEGIANCE AND PATRIOTISM.

THE VOTING HOWEVER IS ONLY TAKING PLACE IN GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED AREAS... EXCLUDING MUCH OF THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN REGIONS OF SYRIA.

MORE THAN 2 MILLION REFUGEES ABSTAINED FROM THE VOTE, WITH MANY DENOUNCING THE ELECTION BY THROWING SHOES IN BALLOT BOXES.

WHILE VOTERS WAVE PHOTOS AND FLAGS IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT ASSAD, MANY ACROSS THE REGION PROTESTED THE ELECTION CALLING IT A SHAM

(NATS OF REFUGEE)

THIS REFUGEE SAYS THE ELECTION IN SYRIA IS FALSE AND ITS NOT REAL, AND THE RESULTS ARE ALREADY KNOWN BECAUSE OF PAST RESULTS.

MEANWHILE, BOMBS AND EXPLOSIONS RING OUT IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE COUNTRY'S ELECTION AS BALLOTING TAKES PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR.

SYRIAN FORCES CONTINUED AIR-BORN ASSAULTS ON REBEL HELD AREAS AROUND THE COUNTRY AMID THE ELECTIONS.

THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS THE ELECTION WILL BE DEMOCRATIC AND OPEN, AND A MEANS TO RESOLVE CONFLICT.

EMILY ROSEMAN/ ASSOCIATED PRESS

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