Cuba Begins Nomination of Candidates for General Elections

Campaign News | Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Havana (ACN) A total of 204 candidates for municipal assemblies were nominated in the first day of the process of nomination of candidates that began last Saturday with a high level of participation.

More than 28,500 electors, 86.1 % of residents in the districts where the assemblies to nominate candidates took place, participated in this important phase, according to Tomas Amaran Diaz, secretary of the National Electoral Commission (NEC).

In spite of the inclemency of the weather, 198 of the scheduled assemblies took place. According to Amaran, two candidates were nominated in six of them because they are small districts in which people should nominate at least two candidates.

Amaran told Granma news daily that 27.9% of the nominees are women and 17.7% are 35 years old or younger.

Among those nominated are members of municipal and provincial assemblies and also members of the national Parliament.

The Cuban government formally called for general elections on July 9. The first stage entails the appointment of municipal delegates, while the provincial delegates and the parliamentary deputies will be elected in the second stage.

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