Cuba General Election 2017-2018: How are citizens nominated to provincial delegates and deputies?

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Cuba General Election 2017-2018: How are citizens nominated to provincial delegates and deputies?

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Cuban Electoral Law establishes that candidates for delegates to provincial assemblies and deputies to the National Assembly of People’s Power are nominated in extraordinary session by the municipal assemblies, after hearing the proposals of the Commission of Candidacies to that instance.

The municipal assemblies of the Popular Power will nominate the candidates to delegates to the provincial assemblies of the Popular Power and to the deputies to the National Assembly of the Popular Power. This is stated in articles 92 to 96 of the second section of chapter two of Electoral Law number 72 of 1992. In said Act -one of the governing documents of the electoral processes in our country-, it is specified that:

The candidates for delegates to provincial assemblies and deputies to the National Assembly of People’s Power are nominated by the municipal assemblies of People’s Power. It is the power of the municipal assemblies of the People’s Power to approve or reject one or all of the candidates, in which case the candidacy commissions must present another or other candidates to the decision of the corresponding Municipal Assembly of the People’s Power.

Each Municipal Assembly nominates an equal number of candidates for delegates to the Provincial Assembly and deputies to the National Assembly of the People’s Power, than those that correspond to elect the municipality.

In each municipality, up to 50 percent of the total number of candidates for delegates to the Provincial Assembly and of candidates for deputies to the National Assembly of People’s Power may be selected from among the delegates to the Municipal Assembly of People’s Power.

Once the municipal assemblies of the People’s Power have been constituted for a new mandate, on the date set by the State Council, they meet in extraordinary session no less than 45 days before the date of the elections of delegates to the provincial assemblies and of deputies to the National Assembly of Popular Power to make the nomination of the candidates to cover said positions.

The president of each Municipal Assembly of People’s Power, after beginning the session, gives the floor to the President of the Municipal Candidacy Committee to present the proposals of pre-candidates to delegates to the Provincial Assembly and deputies to the National Assembly of Power Popular.

The president of the Municipal Candidacy Commission presents, in the first place, the proposals of candidates for delegates to the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power, and explains the foundations that were taken into consideration to prepare the proposals. Next, the president of the Municipal Assembly of the People’s Power asks the delegates for their opinions and considerations on the proposals and asks if they wish to exclude one or some of the proposed ones.

The exclusion of one or all of the proposed ones can only be agreed by the favorable vote of the majority of the delegates present.

If the Assembly agrees to exclude one or some of those proposed as candidates, the chairman of the Municipal Nominations Committee presents a new proposal.

Once these procedures have been completed, the president of the Municipal Assembly of the People’s Power submits the proposals, individually, for the approval of the delegates, and presents them in alphabetical order according to the initial letter of the first surname.

The vote is by show of hands, and those who obtain more than half of the votes of the delegates present are nominated as candidates. If any of the proposed do not obtain that vote, the Municipal Candidacy Commission presents a new proposal, which is submitted to this same procedure.

In the municipalities divided into electoral districts, the municipal assemblies of the Popular Power nominate the candidates of each district separately.

Once the session of the Municipal Assembly of the People’s Power is over, its president delivers to the president of the Municipal Electoral Commission the minutes in which the citizens who have been nominated as candidates for delegates to the Provincial Assembly and deputies to the National Assembly are recorded.

Within 72 hours, the president of the Municipal Electoral Commission informs the Provincial Electoral Commission and the National Electoral Commission of the candidates nominated for provincial delegates and deputies, respectively. Likewise, the president of the Municipal Electoral Commission arranges for the publication of the biographical data and photographs of the candidates and the preparation of the electoral ballots.

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