Cuban citizens go to the polls today to elect the 470 members that will make up the National Assembly of People’s Power, the country’s congress, for a five-year term.
The president of the National Electoral Council (CEN), Alina Balseiro, reported that the polls opened with total normality at 7am local time. In a television appearance, Balseiro stated that more than 23,000 polling stations have been opened across the country.
In Cuban elections, all candidates stand as independents and have been nominated by social movement groups such as labor unions, the women’s federation, and other organized groups.
More than 17,000 young people will guard the polling stations, a tradition on the island. Polls will close at 6pm local time
President Miguel Díaz-Canel, has already cast his vote at the 44th constituency of Santa Clara, his home city. Speaking to media there he said, “With a united vote, we are defending the unity of the country and socialist construction, we are also carrying out an act of dignity with Fidel and with Raúl Castro”.
By Kawsachun News
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