People voted for parliamentary elections in Cuba

In Cuba, which has a population of 12 million, more than 8 million voters cast their votes in 23,648 ballot boxes set up in the country between 07:00 and 19:00 local time.

In the statement made by the National Election Council (CEN), it was announced that the results will be shared with the public after they are transferred to the system.

CEN President Alina Balseiro stated that the election was completed in a transparent and reliable manner and noted that the turnout rate was 70.34 percent. Election turnout decreased by 7.91 percent compared to 2018.

The opposition asked the public to abstain on the grounds that the elections were not reliable, while the ruling party called on everyone to vote.

selection process

Half of the parliamentary candidates were determined by municipal councils, and the other half by election boards such as trade unions and student associations.

Candidates must receive more than 50 percent of the votes in their respective districts to win seats in the National Assembly. If the candidate does not receive enough votes, the Assembly can make appointments for the region in question or allow municipal commissions to do so.

470 candidates are competing for 470 seats to be represented in the parliament, but there are no opposition candidates in the race. Unlike multi-party political systems, most candidates to enter the Legislature in Cuba pass as members of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).

Miguel Diaz-Canel, the first President to take office after Fidel and Raul Castro, is expected to be elected for another five-year term. Diaz-Canel was also a candidate for parliament.

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