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Voting in Cuba: discontent, coercion and lack of transparency

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HARRISONBURG, United States. – This Monday, cubadebate —the grotto of the Taliban of Castroism—published an information titled National elections: 75.92% of the electoral roll voted according to preliminary results. This is the first information on the result of the voting to designate the members of the future National Assembly of Popular Power (ANPP), previously selected by a candidacy commission controlled by the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).

According to the information, 6,164,876 citizens of the 8,120,072 registered to do so turned out to vote, which represents 75.92%. 1,955,196 citizens abstained from going to vote, which represents 24.08% abstentionism, a lower figure than that registered in the past municipal votes, where 2,626,437 citizens did not go to vote and abstentionism reached 31.43%.

It is striking that once again the National Electoral Council (CEN) reports in percentage figures the number of valid ballots, those deposited blank and those cancelled, but reiterates an omission of singular importance that demonstrates the lack of transparency of this type of mechanism of the dictatorship, and I mean the number of ballots deposited in the polls. This is something that the CEN has been doing since the Constitutional Referendum of 2019.

If we assume that all citizens who exercised the right to vote deposited their ballot in the polls —something that, we know, is not real— we obtain that 198,509 ballots were annulled —it is about 3.22% reported by the CEN — and a total of 383,455 citizens deposited their blank ballots, which constitute the 6.22% reported by the CEN.

Taking these data into account, it can be seen that by adding the number of citizens who abstained from voting (1,955,196), with those who canceled their ballot (198,509) and those who deposited it blank (383,455), it is obtains the figure of 2,537,160 citizens who, in some way, expressed their rejection of the farce called by the dictatorship. This figure represents 31.24% of registered voters.

These citizens are undoubtedly part of our people, but they are discriminated against and excluded from the exercise of elementary civil and political rights. And the worst thing is that within the ucases established by the dictatorship they will never be able to enjoy them.

Despite the official discourse projected towards Cubans living in other parts of the world and that conservative data quantifies in a figure that exceeds two million, the dictatorship does not recognize these compatriots the right to vote. If they could exercise that right, the number of those who reject the continuist executive of Castroism would increase considerably, despite the tricks that the CEN could use to hide it.

And it is that there was no transparency in this new electoral farce nor will there be in those that follow it. The regime, however, assures the contrary and says that it is a citizen’s right to participate in the counting of the votes. But, if that is true and it constitutes a habitual practice in this type of process, why doesn’t the dictatorship allow political opponents and independent journalists participate in these counts? Why not allow independent civil society non-governmental organizations to participate in monitoring the process from each polling station to the very CEN? And since these Cubans and non-governmental organizations are “empire employees” or “CIA agents,” why not allow international observers to monitor this type of vote?

Something far removed from the so-called transparency has to happen when what is normal in any democratic country in the world is prevented, and according to article 1 of the communist Constitution, Cuba is a democratic country and a rule of law.

The information that comes from Cuba offers another vision very different from the one that the dictatorship is in charge of propagating. According to information published by CubaNet with the title Independent observers denounce anomalies in the Cuban electoral processthere were polling stations where unregistered people voted and in several of them the practice of taking the ballot paper to the homes of people who had not attended the polling stations became abusive, something that undoubtedly constitutes a way of coercing those citizens and break the alleged voluntary nature of the vote.

Contrary to this supposed massive turnout at the polls, the testimony of other Cubans is already beginning to deny this statement propagated by cubadebate and very soon, surely, other details will be exposed on the networks that will ruin the statement of the communists.

In the delirium caused by the clinging to power, the continuist scoundrel endorses a phrase attributed to Stalin: “The one who counts the votes is the one who wins.”

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