National Electoral Commission prepares constitutional referendum

Havana, Cuba -The Cuban National Electoral Commission (CEN) strictly follows its work schedule and is currently immersed in the training of those involved in the process and in the printing of ballots before the constitutional referendum that will take place in Cuba on February 24th.

María Esther Bacallao Martínez, secretary of the CEN, told Cuban News Agency they will implement training courses from January 21 to February, however this is permanent, because it could happen that a person cannot go in the indicated period or it could be necessary to substitute one of the selected ones.

Bacallao Martinez recalled that on January 14 and 15 the lists of voters were published, and said that during the month voters will be able to review their personal data and request a correction in case of error.

She also commented that a dynamic test will be developed on Sunday before February 24 with the purpose of putting into practice the means, mechanisms and electoral structures and guarantee the conditions for the day of voting.

Bacallao Martinez said voters must verify where they should vote in advance, due to changes in the location of polling stations.

On the day of the referendum, special ballot stations will also be set up in places with a high concentration of citizens, such as terminals, hospitals and hotels, so that those who cannot reach their places of residence can exercise their right to vote, including by way of exception," said the CEN secretary.

She stressed that it will be a public scrutiny, and therefore anyone who wishes to participate will be able to do so, demonstrating the transparency of this important process of the nation.

On this occasion, she said, there will not be a vote for one person, but the voter will have to answer yes or no to the question approved by the National Assembly of People's Power: Do you ratify the new Constitution of the Republic?

After an extensive process of popular consultation and a broad parliamentary debate, more than eight million Cubans are called to vote for the new Magna Carta, which has 229 articles, 11 titles, two special provisions, 13 transitory provisions and two final provisions.

 

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