Transparency and Adherence to the Law in the Elections in Cuba

Transparency and Adherence to the Law in the Elections in Cuba

Transparency and adherence to the Law is one of the distinguishing features of the Cuban Electoral System, said Magalys Pinero Ravelo, member of the National Electoral Commission.

She stressed that the more than 8 million Cubans are summoned to the polls next Sunday to elect with their vote the 605 deputies to the National Assembly of the People’s Power and the 1265 delegates to the Provincial Governing Bodies.

She also said that the 24 thousand 470 polling stations throughout the country, of them 143 are special, will open their doors from 7:00 a.m. at 6:00 p.m.

She also specified that the electoral authorities of the polling stations will show the ballot boxes to the voters who will be present in each school with the purpose of verifying that the ballot boxes are really empty, and then they will proceed to seal them.

From that moment the voting process will begin, which on this occasion will have two ballot boxes, one destined to receive the vote for deputies to the Cuban parliament and another for the delegates to the Provincial Assembly of People's Power.

The ballots will also have their distinctions, as the one of green color is meant for the deputies and the one of white for the delegates.

Once in the cubicle, the elector has the right to vote for one, for several or for all the candidates registered in both ballots, whose amount will depend on the number of inhabitants in each territory. If the person wishes for one or more of the proposed ones, he will make a cross in the corresponding space, and if he wants to do it for everyone, he will mark with a cross in the circle that appears printed on the ballot.

The member of the National Electoral Commission, Magalys Pinero Ravelo, warned that no other type of annotations should be made on the ballots otherwise it will be canceled.

In the same way, the voting process will also proceed in the 143 special schools located in places of high concentration of personnel such as air terminals, buses, railways and hospitals.

In this regard, the expert said that passengers willing to exercise their right to vote can do so by the delegates to the Provincial Bodies where they are waiting to travel, even if it is not their territory of residence.

She also clarified that those young people who arrived at 16 years of age and still do not have their identity card can exercise their right to vote bearing their minor card which they will have to show to the electoral authorities of the school.

The general election process 2017-2018 was convened by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba in June 2017 to elect the deputies to the National Assembly and delegates to provincial government structures. The first stage was held on November 26th of last year with the election of delegates to the Municipal Assemblies that were formed on December 17th.

Subsequently, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba convened the second stage of general elections that will take place on March 11th to elect the deputies and delegates. The Provincial Assemblies will be constituted on March 25th, and the Supreme Government Organ, on April 19th