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  • Election officials hang pictures and CVs of municipal assembly candidates moments before opening a polling station in Havana, Cuba Nov. 26, 2017.

    Election officials hang pictures and CVs of municipal assembly candidates moments before opening a polling station in Havana, Cuba Nov. 26, 2017.

Published 9 March 2018

Over eight million Cubans will vote in the March 11 elections.

Cuba’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) says the country's elections for the National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies of Popular Power, which is scheduled for March 11, will be a success.

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The body made the statement after finishing another round of checks on the island-wide electoral system. Authorities say based on their analysis the vote will be carried out, with high levels of discipline, organization, transparency, and professionalism.

The commission's president, Alina Balseiro, says that while difficulties related to phone connectivity and transportation were reported in some areas, the body has put plans in place to deal with these issues, which only impact about 2.95 percent of the vote

According to a report published by Prensa Latina these “organizational problems,” are infrastructure related, and should not cast any doubt over the validity or quality of the elections process.

Vice President of the NEC, Tomas Amaran, highlighted that elections in Cuba have many distinctive elements that he deemed as “strengths.”

“One of the most relevant matters is the citizen’s participation in directing the process … The strengths of our process are many, but, of course, the massive active participation of the people in every phase, the transparency and adherence to the law stand out.” Amaran said in an interview with Prensa Latina.

Over eight million Cubans will vote in the March 11 polls, when two elections will take place: the legislators to the National Assembly and the delegates to the Provincial Assemblies.


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