Why does Cuba use carrier pigeons during the elections?

HAVANA, Nov. 28 This modality is added to other forms to transmit the data, such as plants of radio, fixed and cellular telephony, use of bicycles and equipment detraction.

Dozens of polling stations in Guantánamo used on Sunday 400 carrier pigeons, along with modern technologies, to guarantee the communicative flow in the general elections held in Cuba.

This province of the island is characterized by having 75 percent of its mountainous geography. The use of this type of bird is necessary to ensure the shipment of the parts, especially in intricate settlements, explained Alaín Alí Olivares Quiala, president of the Guantanamera branch of the Colombian Federation of Cuba (FCC).

This modality is added to other forms to transmit the data, such as radio plants, fixed and cellular telephony, use of bicycles and traction equipment, said Tomás Sourt Martínez, president of the Provincial Electoral Commission.

Each electoral college has five birds, which are sent two days before, and its effectiveness has been proven in other situations, said Olivares Quiala.

The birds are given an encrypted report in a capsule attached to the identification rings they carry on their legs, and they are released.

Once they arrive at their destination, the caregivers send the information received to the corresponding electoral commission.