Electoral Process in Cuba is Democratic and Inclusive

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At three in the afternoon, nearly 75% of electors had already exercised their right to vote in Sancti Spiritus. (Photo: Vicente Brito / Escambray).

Students from primary and junior high school are the ones responsible for guarding the ballot boxes, while senior high school and university students can work as collaborators 

More than eight million Cubans are participating today in the second phase of general elections to choose, in a direct and secret way, the lawmakers that will make up the Parliament and the delegates to the People’s Power Provincial Assemblies for the next five years.

The elections are taking place calmly, as usual, and involve students from different educational levels and more than 200,000 electoral officials.

Students from primary and junior high school are guarding the ballot boxes, unlike many other countries, where soldiers play that role.

The democratic and inclusive nature of the elections in Cuba also allows senior high school and university students to work as collaborators to contribute to the improvement of the country’s election system.

On this occasion, 605 candidates were nominated for the Parliament and 1,265 for the People’s Power Provincial Assemblies.

The general elections were called in June 2017 by the Council of State, by virtue of the Constitution of the Republic and Law No. 72 of October 29, 1992, the Electoral Law.

After the election concludes, the People’s Power Provincial Assemblies will be constituted on March 25, while the Cuban Parliament will be installed on April 19.

 

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