National Electoral Commission Constituted for Elections in Cuba

The National Electoral Commision chaired by Alina Balseiro and composed of 17 people, took office before the Secretary of the Council of State Homero Acosta

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2017-06-16 | 12:45:11 EST
Members of the National Electoral Commission take office before the Secretary of the Council of State Homero Acosta.Members of the National Electoral Commission take office before the Secretary of the Council of State Homero Acosta. Photo: CubadebateZoom

June 16, 2017

In order to guide the organization of the general elections in Cuba, the National Electoral Commission (CEN) was constituted yesterday morning.

The CEN chaired by Alina Balseiro and composed of 17 people, took office before the Secretary of the Council of State Homero Acosta.

Vice-speaker of the National People´s Power Assembly Ana María Mari Machado congratulated the CEN members for taking on this important responsability and highlighted that these elections will be the first without Fidel´s physical presence, but his example will guide us in the success of the process.

Last Wednesday, June 14, the Council of State convened the citizens of the country to elect delegates to municipal assemblies, and delegates to provincial assemblies and deputies to the National People´s Power Assembly, as established in the Constitution of the Republic and in Law No. 72 of October 29, 1992, "Electoral Law".

For the election of the municipal delegates, the votes will be held on October 22, 2017 in the first round, and on October 29, in the second round, in those districts where none of the candidates has obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast, according to a statement issued by the Council of State.

In the case of the election, for the five years term, of delegates to provincial assemblies and deputies to the National People´s Power Assembly, the date is yet to be announced.

The National Electoral Commission exercises its jurisdiction throughout the national territory, and has among its functions to dictate the rules that govern the establishment, modification or dissolution, for the electoral purposes, of the territorial and special circumscriptions; As well as designate the individuals that make up each of the Provincial Electoral Commissions and the Municipal Electoral Commission of Isla de la Juventud.

It also establishes the models of ballot boxes, ballots, commissary and electoral colleges, lists and registers of voters, among other documents; oversees voting; And it processes and resolves the claims that are filed against its resolutions or agreements.

Likewise, it furnishes detailed report of the development of each electoral process to the Council of State within the thirty days following its termination.

Translated by ESTI

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