Election Day begins with all polling stations functioning well

As of 7:00 am this morning, the country’s 24,646 polling stations were open and mid-term election of delegates to Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power underway. All requirements were met to facilitate voting by the more than eight million citizens expected.

This was the report issued by Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, president of the National Electoral Commission, shortly after 9:00 am. She added that more than 190,000 trained election authorities, and some 123,000 members of neighborhood boards running the polling stations, were completing their assigned tasks as planned.

On the ballots are more than 27,300 candidates who were nominated in neighborhood constituency meetings for 12,589 seats in 168 Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power, for two and a half year terms.

Balseiro explained that all structures were activated successfully, from the neighborhood to the national level, and that support personnel was assuring the correct functioning of the digital tabulation system and necessary communications. She added that the voter turnout appears good thus far with massive early morning voting.

She likewise reported that hundreds of observers and electoral supervisors are present at polling stations, as well as the members of some 120 special commissions who are supporting local authorities to assure smooth functioning in all constituencies.

Reports have arrived to Granma that in constituency no. 49, in the Havana municipality of Playa, local authorities took the initiative to open the polling station with a ceremony honoring Héctor Esteban Piñón Martín, a member of the community and a combatant at Playa Girón, on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of Cuba’s historic victory at the Bay of Pigs.