The National Electoral Commission (NEC)
favourable the results of the referendum held on February 24, in
almost seven million voters ratified the constitutional text,
NEC President Alina Balseiro stated.
According to Balseiro, the preliminary results
Constitution of the Republic of Cuba has been ratified by 6.8
million voters out of a total of 9,298,277
registered voters. The 'Yes' vote represents 86.8 per cent of
Cubans who exercised their right to decide.
Meanwhile, 706,400 persons voted 'No,'
nine per cent of all those who voted and 7.6 per cent of the
persons registered to vote.
Balseiro detailed that the commission worked with
districts (122 abroad) and 25,345 polling stations (1,048
Working in the election were over 225,000
and collaborators (middle school and high school students),
contingent of more than 200,000
elementary school students who guarded the ballot boxes, said the
Of the total of ballots in the boxes, 7,522,569,
representing 95.8 per cent, were valid, while 198,674 or 2.5 per
were blank and null ones amounted to
127,100 for 1.6 per cent, reported the NEC.
In all, 9,298,277 Cubans were summoned to
express their opinion on the new Constitution, approved in
December by the National Assembly of People's Power,
after a nation-wide discussion by neighbours, students, workers,
professionals who proposed changes, to eliminate or add to the
The text consecrates the irrevocability of
island and the leadership role of the Communist Party in this
This Constitution expands the individual rights
guarantees, strengthens the people's power in municipalities,
promotes foreign investment, contains important changes in the
structure of the state and recognizes several forms of property,
among them socialist ownership by all the people, as well as
This article was published in
Volume 49 Number 8 - March 9, 2019