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An electoral system backed by the people

votacion-porcuba-foto-marcelino-vazquezA total of 7,399,891 voters, representing 85.65% of those eligible, exercised their right to vote in the March 11 general elections, according to the National Electoral Commission (CEN), in a report of final results, presented following a crosscheck to verify compatibility of voter registries.

As CEN President Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez reported previously, the 605 candidates for deputy to the National Assembly of People’s Power were elected, obtaining more than half of the valid votes cast, as stipulated by law, a result verified by the Commission in all provinces.

Once the elections were completed and preliminary results announced, the CEN continued working to compile all data generated on Election Day, and crosscheck all information.

This process was intended to prevent any repetitions in voter registries, given additions made at voting sites, especially those exceptional registrations of persons listed at their permanent addresses but voting at a different location.

Deceased persons were also eliminated following the updating and printing of lists by the national registry and their delivery to municipal electoral commissions for use on Election Day.

Once the aforementioned crosscheck was completed to eliminate the possible duplication of 336,215 exceptional additions, an updated list of 8,639,989 eligible voters was produced.

Of the ballots cast, 94.42% were declared valid, meeting requirements established by law, a higher percentage than that recorded during the first stage of these elections, when delegates to municipal assemblies were elected – and also higher than observed in the 2013 vote.

The CEN emphasized the work of electoral authorities at all levels, the decisive collaboration of a variety of groups, and especially the people’s participation, a palpable demonstration of recognition of the Cuban electoral system, which conducted a transparent process to elect those who will lead the nation for the coming five year period.


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