MADRID, Spain.- The referendum on the controversial Family Code, held this Sunday in Cuba, concluded with a predominance of abstentions.
According to the last information of the National Electoral Commission (CEN), a preliminary cut with closing at five in the afternoon counted the vote of 5,806,078 people, 68.91 percent of 8,425,147 people over 16 years of age residing in Cuba and registered in the electoral register.
The CEN indicated that the partial results will be published this Monday and the general ones within five days.
As verified EFEIn the four polling stations he visited, there was very little voter turnout.
“Participation had been pointing in this direction from the first hour. Already in the advance of the CEN at 9 in the morning, it was lower by 14 percentage points compared to that of the same time of the 2019 constitutional referendum”, specified the Spanish news agency.
Just as he recalled that in the face of the “yes” of the Cuban Government and some members of the LGBTIQ community, during the last weeks opponents, activists and institutions advocated the “no”.
In statements to EFE, the professor of International Relations and Politics at Holy Names University, Arturo López-Levy, considered that “abstention is linked to both the serious economic crisis and political discontent.”
López-Levy stressed that the referendum “continues to send signals about the sector of discontent or, in general, of non-support” for the Cuban regime, and this “should be taken into account by the authorities.
Due to the weather situation due to the incidence of tropical storm Ian, the voting closing time for this Sunday was extended in all schools in Havana, Ciego de Ávila, Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo, Holguín and Isla de la Juventud; as well as in 28 districts of the Matanzas municipality, 14 districts of the Cárdenas municipality and eight of Jagüey Grande, all belonging to the Matanzas province. Something similar happened in the municipalities of Nuevitas, Esmeralda and Minas, in Camagüey.
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