Syrians in rebel held areas across the country have dismissed today's elections as a sham and a farce, and are taking the opportunity to pay tribute to their dead.
President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win a third seven year term in office today, after the first multi-candidate elections in Syria for 50 years.
As he voted, flanked by supporters and his wife Asma in upscale Damascus, his forces were on the offensive across the country.
Those living in rebel strongholds enduring yet more shelling, as inside government controlled areas, people went to vote in polls dismissed as a sham and a farce.
Video report by Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray.
ITV News has obtained footage from inside two rebel held areas where mock elections were staged; the northeastern suburb of Damascus, Ghouta, and Zamalka, the site of the chemical attack last August.
In Ghouta, a young man said it was impossible to call what was happening today an election.
This echoes the United States, who said the vote was a "parody of democracy".
Syria's two main opposition parties labelled the elections "blood elections", and are boycotting the vote.
Many people inside rebel areas are holding mock elections, spoiling their imagined vote by writing down the names of their dead loved ones, friends and others who have died in the three year conflict. At one such gathering, the cry went up:
Syria's bloody civil war has killed more than 160,000 people, the United Nations said, around a third of whom are civilians.
Others see any involvement in the process as complicit with Assad's regime.
In Zamalka voters said they could not stomach voting even if there was the opportunity to do so, when they could not afford to eat.
One man, who lost 26 members of his family, including his son, said the food he now eats was what he fed his animals, before the uprising and conflict broke out.
For Um Khaldoun, who lost her son in last year's chemical attack last August and her daughter in a mortar attack three days ago, the elections mean nothing.
The 62-year-old mother said she had lost all hope: