All Candidates “Win” in Cuba’s Elections

logo-eleccionesHAVANA TIMES — The number of voters who participated in Sunday’s general elections amounted to 7,877,906, which represents 89.68 of those registered on the electoral roll, informed the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Monday.

According to the information provided in a press conference, NEC President Alina Balseiro said 94.17 percent of the votes were valid (7,418,522), while 4.63 percent of the ballots were blank and 1.2 percent void.

The official also confirmed that all of the 612 candidates for national parliament (and 1,269 to provincial legislatures) were elected, while work continues to validate the data and to present the final results in the next several days.

Almost all members of the new National Assembly belong to the Communist Party of Cuba.


7 thoughts on “All Candidates “Win” in Cuba’s Elections

  • There is no country in the world that has achieved perfection in holding free and fair elections. But all of the multiparty democracies come much closer than Cuba does. And that includes the United States which allows big money a much larger influence in its elections than any other country. Most countries including mine (Canada) have federal election spending limits and allow only individual citizens (not corporations and unions) to contribute to political campaigns.

    Some voters are undoubtedly fooled by false promises or electoral propaganda made during the course of campaigns. But these voters also have the right to organize between elections to hold politicians and governments accountable, and – if enough voters feel the same way – to replace the government in the next election with one more to their liking.

  • Lech Walesa believes ‘Cuba will have democratic elections in two years’

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    He also asked the Cuban opposition to begin “working in earnest.” He mentioned that one of the dramas on the island is that there are too many leaders and he complained that the opposition has not followed the advice he has given them. He believes that if the country does not prepare, the future that awaits the island is one of authentic “chaos.”

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