High turn out for general elections

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 5 February 2013

90% turnout in general and provincial elections

On Sunday 3 February, Cubans went to the polls to elect 1,269 delegates to their 15 regional provincial assemblies and 612 MPs to the National Assembly.

Speaking during a press conference, Alina Balseiro, president of the National Electoral Commission said that the average age of delegates was 48 years, more than 48 per cent are women, and eight per cent 35 years old or younger.

In the provincial governments, 50.5 per cent of representatives elected were women, and seven per cent under 30 years old.

Of the more than eight million eligible voters, 90 per cent, or 7,877,906 people voted. Valid ballots numbered 94 per cent, while the blank and spoiled were 4.63 and 1.20 per cent, respectively.

Representatives serve 5 year terms and can be recalled at any time by their constituents.

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