United Nation: UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday slammed the Syrian government for holding a national election while violence is still raging and for failing to involve all parties.

"Only a comprehensive and inclusive political dialogue can lead to a genuine democratic future in Syria," Ban said through his spokesman Martin Nesirky. "These elections are not taking place within that framework.

"Moreover, a democratic process cannot be successful while violence is still ongoing," he added.

"It is essential that there be a cessation of violence in all its forms and action to implement" the six-point peace plan of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, Ban said in the short statement.

The legislative election called by President Bashar al-Assad's government has been dismissed as a sham by the Syrian opposition which has called for a boycott.

The election was called despite Syria being in the grip of an uprising against Assad which the UN says has left well over 9,000 dead since March, 2011.

(Agencies)

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