The Council of State of Cuba called this Tuesday for an election process from which the delegates to the municipal assemblies of People’s Power will emerge, a position they will hold for the next five years, according to official media on the island.
The call complies with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic and Law No. 127 “Electoral Law”, of July 13, 2019, according to a report of the Cuban News Agency (ACN).
Through the website of the National Assembly of People’s Power It was explained that this process will carry out its first round on November 27, and that a second vote is scheduled for December 4 in the constituencies where none of the candidates had obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast, adds the media .
in own digital portal of the Cuban Parliament it is explained that the function of the municipal delegates consists of “exercising the power of the people” and intervening “in state decisions that affect the entire community.” Through them, citizens can submit complaints and opinions related to the place where they live, and participate “in the discussion and solution of problems.”
As established by current legislation, their election is through the free, equal, direct and secret vote of the voters. The National Electoral Council, once the elections are over, will inform the population of their results.
The call for the elections of municipal delegates was published in the Official Gazette No. 54 of this September 6, 2022, and is signed by Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of the Cuban Parliament.
In the previous municipal elections, held on the island in 2017, 27,000 candidates aspired for 12,515 delegate positions and more than 7.2 million Cubans cast the vote, 82.05% of the island’s citizens, according to data managed by the agency Efe.
According to the electoral law approved in July 2019, electoral campaigns and the financing of candidates will continue to be illegal in Cuba. In addition, at least two years of residence in the country are needed to vote and a minimum of five years to run for public office.