Preliminary data indicates that 7,399,891 Cuban men and women came out to vote on March 11, a figure that represents 82.90 per cent of the electorate, which includes 8,926,575 individuals, according to updated registries.
This information was announced during a press conference by Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, president of the National Electoral Commission (CEN), who also reported that the 605 deputies to the National Assembly of People’s Power and the 1,265 delegates to Provincial Assemblies were elected with more than half of the valid votes cast.
The final results of the elections will be issued after a detailed assessment.
In this regard, she said that the vote for all candidates (which is a feature of this electoral round) reached 80.44 per cent, while the individual selection (of one or several candidates from the ballots) was 19.56 per cent.
She said that the valid ballots represented 94.42 per cent, higher than the 2012-2013 electoral process, while the spoiled and void ballots represented 1.26 per cent and 4.32 per cent, respectively.
She said that the new parliament would be made up of 47.44 per cent of deputies who were candidates previously chosen by the people from the grassroots; 53.22 per cent, women, and 13.22 per cent who are under 35 years old.
She said that 40.17 per cent of the elected deputies are younger than 50 years.
Regarding the per cent of the voters participating in the process, which on Sunday was slightly lower compared to previous elections, she said that CEN does not analyze the process, it respects the right of voters whether or not to turn out to vote.
However, she insisted that yesterday’s elections were characterized by the massive attendance of the population to the polling places, ‘the reaffirmation of the Cuban electoral system and the confidence of the people in it.’
The general elections 2017-2018 in Cuba were called last June and its first stage concluded in December with the vote for the municipal assemblies of the People’s Power.
The process will conclude on April 19th with the vote for the National Assembly of the People’s Power, the election of the State Council and the country’s new President.
Granma, Prensa Latina