On this day the Cubans decided to renew the parliament for five yearsthe elections without minutes, without surprise, they offered themselves to the same number of delegates asking for 470. Electoral participation, which is the only issue, was unknown at the end of this note, as were the results. According to the National Electoral Council, the preliminary information about the light was expected.
These elections are the main steps of the country’s institutional renewal, which began with the local elections last November. The process will be limited when national assemblyin one of his first decisions, to install a new president of the country, a position that is expected to be held for a second term by Miguel Díaz-Canel.
In Cuba, a country of 11.1 million inhabitants, voting is not compulsory. Voting found on the ballot two possibilities: the name of each candidate from your region or the option “votes for all”which implies the suffrage of 470.’With a united will we defend the unity of the countrythe unity of the revolution, of our future, of the socialist constitution, said the President Diaz-Canel62 years old, voted out in the city of Santa Clara in the country, 280 kilometers south of Havana.
Díaz-Canel, also first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), and emeritus Raul Castrohe appeared among the nominated candidates, among other historical leaders and members of the current political party bureau. “the log book” Elián Gonzálezwho was rescued from the sea in 1999 as a symbol of the relationship between Cuba and the United States; He is also running as a candidate among a heterogeneous group of musicians, scientists, intellectuals and state-controlled societies.
The candidates were selected by the so-called associations, associations in the orbit of the PCC, and approved in the municipal elections of the popular power, where the majority of them are active. Formally, neither to name the candidates of the parties nor of the youth.
Care about abstinence
Electoral society in recent years has fallen to the last step since the entry into force of the current electoral system in 1976.. This Sunday at 70.34 percent according to the National Electoral Council, in the last cut made at 5:00 am, released at night.
This rate is 8.23 percentage points lower than the rate at the same time in the last parliamentary elections of 2018, in which legislature Díaz-Canel was elected. In the November municipal elections, abstinence was 68.5 percent, lower than the referendums for the Family Code (74.12 percent), last September, and for the Constitution (90.15 percent). ) in 2019.
Without the opposition authorized to participate in the elections, the calls for abstinence were contracted in the social networks. However, Díaz-Canel was convinced that the abstinence, which he had joined with the economic crisis, would not be greater. “They can put a difficult economic situation before the vote of the voters. Mainly because I don’t think there was a time with difficulties, with economic complications,” the president said in a statement to the media in Santa. Clear.
The candidates, led by Díaz-Canel, have been campaigning heavily on the ground in recent weeks that the citizens should listen to the demands, accustomed in the country to the attendance of the elections. This voting takes place when Cuba is going through its worst economic crisis in three decadesfueled by inflation and the movement of migration, from the effects of the pandemic and the economic embargo, as well as the weakening of the structures in the country.