– The Cubans went this Sunday to the electoral colleges at the national level to elect the delegates of the municipal assemblies of Popular Power, the main government body at the local level.
Some 8 million of the country’s 11 million inhabitants were called to participate in the elections, said Cuba’s National Electoral Council.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said that this is an opportunity for people to show their support for the island’s political system.
“This is a moment of unity, participation and the exercise of true democracy,” he said, adding that the election of delegates strengthens the power of the people.
In total, more than 26,000 people applied for district delegates in the Caribbean country after being nominated in public neighborhood meetings.
More than 12,000 delegates will be elected to form part of the municipal assemblies of Popular Power in Cuba for the next five years.
José Raúl Ultuzar, from Havana, said that the delegates play a fundamental role in the search for solutions to the daily problems that affect the Cuban people.
“Delegates are genuine representatives of their constituencies,” he said. “They greatly contribute to better communication between local governments and the people.”
The municipal assemblies of Popular Power in Cuba were created in 1976. ■