Participation in the Cuban elections goes up compared to the previous elections

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The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, upon arrival at a plenary session of the XXVIII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government, on March 25, 2023, in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Under the slogan 'Together for a fair and sustainable Ibero-America', the XXVIII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government brings together the 22 nations of the Dominican Republic Summit, which adopt four instruments through which Ibero-America will set its position and propose solutions to some of the main challenges facing the region. The first of these documents is the Ibero-American Environmental Charter; the second is the Ibero-American Charter of Digital Principles and Rights; the third is the Strategy to achieve food security, and the fourth is the Special Communiqué on International Financial Architecture. MARCH 25, 2023;SUMMIT;IBERO-AMERICAN;SANTO DOMINGO;DOMINICAN REPUBLIC;KING;GOVERNMENT David Zorrakino / Europa Press 3/25/2023

The influx of voters in Cuba’s national legislative elections was higher on Sunday than that registered in November, when Cubans elected their local authorities, a slight respite for a government that has the main measure of potential social discontent in the abstention rate. .

The National Electoral Council (CEN) has confirmed that up to 5:00 p.m. (local time) on Sunday, 70.34 percent of the voters had participated, a figure that two hours before the closure of the schools already exceeded 68.58 percent. registered in November.

So, the abstention rate marked an unprecedented record for a country accustomed to overwhelming participation rates. Prominent opposition voices had called for not participating in Sunday’s elections as a gesture of rejection of a system that they do not recognize as democratic.

In fact, the electoral authorities have emphasized when offering the preliminary data – to which the voters of the last two hours of the elections would remain to be added – the rebound in participation with respect to previous processes, although the final figure is not likely to be it will reach the 85.65 percent registered in March 2018, when the National Assembly was also renewed.

The Cuban one-party system leaves no room for the incorporation of opposition candidates among the 470 names in the running, who aspired to as many seats in Parliament. Among those who repeat are the current president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and his predecessor, Raúl Castro.

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