03/06/2014 09:19 BST | Updated 05/06/2014 12:59 BST

Syria Election: Bashar al-Assad's Poll And 7 Other Sham Elections That Were Totally 'Legitimate'

Syrians are deciding today whether the man whose regime has killed its opponents in a brutal civil war should continue as president.

Here at The Huffington Post UK, we are going to call the election for Bashar al-Assad, the man who has been president since the death of his father in 2000, over two relative unknowns who have campaigned relatively little.

Many have described the election as a "sham" designed purely to reinforce Assad's rule.

We take a look at the election and other ones from history where it has been hard to tell exactly what the will of the people was...