Cuban Local Elections Register High Voter Turnout

Over 7.7 million Cubans out of 8 million registered voters cast their ballots Sunday to elect close to 12,600 delegates to the country’s Municipal Assemblies, which function as local councils overseeing services such as water and power.

These elections take place every 30 months. The President of the National Assembly Esteban Lazo highlighted the relevance of these elections in a context of economic changes and greater powers to the municipal assemblies.

Runoff elections will be held April 26 for any positions where no candidate secured more than 50 percent of the vote. “The vote was clean. The count was clean. The people don’t want change. They still want revolution,” said dissident candidate Hildebrando Chaviano, a lawyer who ran for local council in the capital of Havana.

teleSUR, April 21, 2015

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