Electoral Commission Satisfied with
Referendum Results

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) described as favourable the results of the referendum held on February 24, in which almost seven million voters ratified the constitutional text, NEC President Alina Balseiro stated.

According to Balseiro, the preliminary results show the 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,' representing nine per cent of all those who voted and 7.6 per cent of the total persons registered to vote.

Balseiro detailed that the commission worked with 12,635 districts (122 abroad) and 25,345 polling stations (1,048 abroad).

Working in the election were over 225,000 authorities and collaborators (middle school and high school students), besides a contingent of more than 200,000 elementary school students who guarded the ballot boxes, said the Commission president.

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 cent 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 text of the Constitution.

The text consecrates the irrevocability of socialism on the island and the leadership role of the Communist Party in this society.

This Constitution expands the individual rights and 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 private and cooperative ownership.

(Prensa Latina)

This article was published in

Volume 49 Number 8 - March 9, 2019

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Electoral Commission Satisfied with Referendum Results


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