The Cuban Embassy in Liberia celebrates Cuba’s National Press Day, explaining the country’s electoral process. The Charge d’ Affaires at the Cuban Embassy near Monrovia Yordenis Despaigne says the country is led by a single party, the Cuban Communist Party which serves as guiding force in state affairs and society.
Speaking Tuesday, 3 April at the National Press Day, Mr. Despaigne says the population nominates candidate and elect their representative to integrate the different bodies of the people’s power.
According to him, elections in Cuba are conducted without electoral campaign, saying it is based on what the nominee has done throughout his life, his personal merits and his professional performance that [gives him the opportunity].
The Cuban Charge d’ Affaires adds that Voters Registration is free, permanent and public. According to him, during the voting process, the custody of the ballot boxes is taken symbolically by elementary and high school students.
After voting, he says scrutiny of the [votes] is public and carried out in the polling center, noting that elections results are located in visible places. Mr. Despaigne indicates that vote counting takes place at the polling stations publicly and neighbors and foreigners who live or visit Cuba are invited to take part.
According to Mr. Despaigne, for one to be exercise the voting right, it is required that he or she must be turning 16 years old, be a permanent resident in the Cuban territory for a period of less than two years before elections, and to be registered on voters’ roll.
Voters are required to present at the polling center their Identification Card and to be able to exercise the electoral rights that are recognized by the constitution and the law.
By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley