Results of the National Elections in Cuba
LAST March 26, the national elections took place in Cuba to sovereignly elect the 470 deputies to the National Assembly of People's Power, who will make up the X Legislature of the Parliament and who will be in charge of electing the president and vice president of the republic, as well as continuing with the legislative development of the Constitution. This was an act of popular sovereignty and citizen participation, which reflected the commitment of Cubans to the Revolution.
More than 23,000 polling stations, distributed in 12,427 constituencies throughout the country, were open to elect the deputies.
Around 8,120,072 Cubans were summoned to the polls. Of this number, 6,164,876 Cubans exercised their right to vote, 75.92 per cent of the electoral roll.
Of the total number of ballots deposited in the ballot boxes, 90.28 per cent were valid, while 6.22 per cent were blank and 3.50 per cent were annulled.
Of the total valid votes cast, 72.10 per cent were votes for all candidates and 27.90 per cent were selective votes.
These results validated the election of the 470 candidates proposed as deputies to the highest power organ of the State, each with more than 50 per cent of the valid votes cast by the electors.
The voting day transcended without incidents, in which an electoral atmosphere of discipline, transparency and adherence to the truth was appreciated.
This process of national elections will conclude next April 19 with the constitution of the National Assembly of People's Power, the election of its leadership, which is, in turn, the Council of State and other members of this body, as well as the president and vice president of the republic.
The constitution of the new National Assembly of People's Power will have a different composition, smaller in terms of the number of deputies, as a result of having changed the proportion of deputies per number of inhabitants in the country. The new structure will have 470 deputies; currently there are 605.
Likewise, young people under 35 years of age will represent 20 per cent of the deputies, while women will represent 55 per cent, making it the second parliament in the world with the largest number of women.
The elected deputies now have the great mission of confronting the current economic situation in order to help reverse it, and to turn the confidence that the suffrage signifies into the realisation of a growing progress. They will be active decision makers in defining the strategy with which the country faces the daily consequences of the blockade, intensified by the empire in its obstinate determination to make our system of government unviable.