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- Elections in Cuba
Sunday, February 3, 2013
General Elections underway in Cuba
Havana, Cuba, Feb 3.- As early as 7 am on Sunday, voting stations throughout the island opened doors to the second stage of general elections in Cuba, with 8 million 631 thousand 836 Cuban citizens expected to go to the polls to elect 612 Parliament deputies.
The election by free and secret vote, as established by the 1992 Electoral Law, will also include 1 thousand 269 thousand delegates to 15 provincial assemblies of People’s Power, said the president of the National Electoral Commission Alina Balseiro.
Nearly 30 thousand voting stations have been set up throughout the island to carry out the general election, which is expected to be marked by massive turnout.
More than 225 thousand electoral authorities were appointed to lead Sunday’s vote, with nearly 150 thousand of them directly working at voting stations.
The officials were appropriately trained to guarantee the success of the electoral process, while the electoral system was submitted to a dynamic drill last week. The test allowed fine-tuning the whole system, Balseiro said.
The election of deputies and provincial government officials constitutes the second stage of general elections, which were called last July by the Cuban Council of State.
Last October and November, over 8 million Cubans elected 14 thousand 537 councilors for the country’s 168 municipalities. The elected officials will occupy 50 percent of seats at the Cuban Parliament and provincial governments. The other 50 percent of seats will be occupied by citizens proposed by social and grassroots organizations.(ACN)
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