More Than Seven Million Votes in the Elections in Cuba

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Source: Telesur TV / The Dawn News / November 26, 2017

Photo credit: TeleSUR TV

The polling stations closed at 7 pm (local time) with the presence of neighbors and immediately the revision of the ballots began.

The National Electoral Commission of Cuba -CEN- informed this Sunday that 7,247,590 Cubans exercised their right to vote (82.05% of the citizens of the island), to elect the municipal delegates to the National Assembly of People’s Power.

The president of the CEN, Alina Balseiro, said that the elections this Sunday were made difficult due to heavy rains in the municipalities of the central and eastern region, a situation that caused the voting period to be extended by an hour.

Balseiro states that after closing of the more than 24,000 polling stations, the authorities began the count, packing the ballots and verifying  information, so that the final results correspond to what has been transmitted until now.

Baleiro confirmed that 8, 451,643 Cubans were called on to vote and assured that the 24,365 polling stations in the country worked correctly.

The vice president of the National Electoral Commission, Tomás Amarán, indicated that in the electoral process people were disciplined in the work and there was a flow of information through different routes, like the contacts with the electoral authorities.

The elections this November 26 are the first step in the general elections of 2017-2018, that will elect 12,515 delegates in the same number of districts, who will be part of the 168 assemblies that exist in Cuba.

On December 3, the second round of the districts will be held in every place where neither of the two candidates obtained more than 50% of the valid ballots.

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