Cuba had lowest participation in parliamentary elections since 1959

Cuba elections

HAVANA, March 29th  Cuba election reports attendance at the parliamentary elections this Sunday in Cuba was 75.92%, according to preliminary data offered this Monday by Alina Balseiro, president of the National Electoral Council (CEN). This is the lowest participation since 1959, EFE noted.

Of the 8,120,072 registered citizens in the electoral colleges, 6,164,876 Cubans voted, which represents 75.92% of the electoral registry, Balseiro reported at a press conference.

According to EFE, this participation rate is almost 10 percentage points lower than that of the parliamentarians of 2018, a process that renewed the Parliament that elected the current president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who succeeded Raúl Castro (2008-2018).

Of the total ballots in the ballot box, 90.28% were valid; 6.22% were blank, and 3.50% were canceled.

It was also learned that of the total valid ballots, 72.10% were in support of the official campaign that called to vote for all while 27.90% were selective votes.

The CEN reported that these preliminary results validate the election of the 470 proposed candidates as deputies to the National Assembly, with more than 50% of the valid votes cast.

Despite being a very high percentage in any other country in the Western Hemisphere, the figure is considerably far from the historical average before 2018, above 90%.

However, the participation was higher than in the two previous polls, the referendum on the Family Code in September and the municipal ones in November, EFE added.

This process culminates with the election of the leadership of the National Assembly, the Council of State, the President, and the Vice President of the Republic, on April 19.