Cuban Local Elections Register High Voter Turnout Over 7.7 million Cubans out of 8 million registered voters cast their ballots Sunday to elect close to 12,600 delegates to the country’s Municipal Assemblies, which function as local councils overseeing services such as water and power.
These elections take place every 30 months. The President of the National Assembly Esteban Lazo highlighted the relevance of these elections in a context of economic changes and greater powers to the municipal assemblies.
Runoff elections will be held April 26 for any positions where no candidate secured more than 50 percent of the vote.
“The vote was clean. The count was clean. The people don’t want change. They still want revolution,” said dissident candidate Hildebrando Chaviano, a lawyer who ran for local council in the capital of Havana.
People watch as votes are counted in Havana April 19, 2015. Two Cuban dissidents on Sunday lost in their attempts to become the first openly declared political opponents to win an election in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, each failing in races for the municipal assembly. Hildebrando Chaviano, 65, and Yuniel Lopez, 26, both said they had fallen behind by insurmountable margins and had no hopes of winning.
An election official (C) shows the results of a polling station after counting the votes beside a picture of Cuba An election official (C) shows the results of a polling station after counting the votes beside a picture of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro in Havana, April 19, 2015.
Election officials count votes watched by the public at a polling station in Havana, April 19, 2015. Election officials count votes watched by the public at a polling station in Havana, April 19, 2015.