Cuba carries out trial voting to practice for governors' elections

Cuba is holding on Sunday a trial voting to practice for the elections of provincial governors and vice governors, as part of improving the political process of People Power's system.

Those elections will be held on January 18 when every member of municipal governments will cast his/her vote on the candidates proposed by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, in a voting supervised by the National Electoral Council (CEN, in Spanish).

The introduction of governors in the Cuban political system complies with the new Constitution, approved last year by the majority vote of constituents. The post of governor was restablished after 60 years, following its removal at the triumph of the Revolution in 1959.

The CEN has been working since December preparing for these elections. Every detail leading up to the upcoming election will be checked on this trial, assured CEN's President Alina Balseiro.

She explained that first they will verify conditions of places where the voting will take place, such as lighting, electrical backup, the existence of stamps, patriot symbols, as well as the required documentation; and then a practical test will be carried out.

Some 3,000 officials will participate in the poll, for which the computer system was also set up and updated.

Governors and vice governors, according to the new Constitution, are proposed by the President of the Republic Miguel Diaz-Canel. As part of several changes laid down by the Magna Carta, provincial assemblies will then disappear.

On Balseiro's opinion that representatives of municipal assemblies, nominated and elected by the people, be the ones who elect governors and vice governors is a show of strength and an expression of democracy.

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Cuba Holds Second Round of Local Elections

After the first round of elections for local assemblies, Cubans went to the polls for run-off voting in 1,165 constituencies across 149 municipalities.

Close to 1 million Cubans voted Sunday in the second round of elections to elect delegates to the island’s Municipal Assemblies of People's Power.

A total of 941,041 people took to the 3,351 polling stations to elect representatives for the remaining 1,165 positions across 149 Cuban municipalities. During the first round on April 19, more than 7,550,000 Cubans cast their vote on the 12,589 constituencies of the nation to elect their councilors for the next two and a half years.

Sunday’s contest was held in those areas where no candidate achieved more than 50 percent of local votes. The National Electoral Commission (CEN) described the event as a “successful election day,” and highlighted the civic commitment showed by Cubans.

The local elections, which take place every 30 months, come as increasing global attention is fixed on the Caribbean nation as it works to restore relations with the United States.

Authorities and candidates, including those linked to opposition groups, praised the elections and said they confirmed the Cuban people’s commitment to their economic and political system.

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