The National Electoral Commission of Cuba (CEN) reported this Sunday that until 11.00 (local time) more than four million Cubans had exercised their right to vote, that is, more than 54 percent of the island's citizens in the first 4 hours of the electoral process, to elect the municipal delegates to the National Assembly of Popular Power.
The president of the CEN, Alina Balseiro, said that the enthusiasm, tranquility and large influx of voters have characterized the elections this Sunday.
Balseiro confirmed that eight million 451,643 Cubans were summoned to vote and assured that 24,365 polling stations in the country would function correctly.
The vice president of the National Electoral Commission, Tomás Amarán, indicated that the electoral process is disciplined and the information flows through the different channels, as well as contacts with the electoral authorities.
He indicated that in Villa Clara it is raining early, and intensely in the municipalities of Camagüey, which has made it difficult for voters to go to the polling stations.
Given this, the electoral secretary of Cuba, Maria Esther Bacalao, said they would extend the voting time for an extra hour in the whole country.
The 24,000 polling stations will remain open until 7:00 pm (local time) and then public scrutiny of the votes will take place.
The elections of this November 26 are the first stage towards the general elections of 2017-2018, which will elect 12,515 delegates in the same number of districts, who will integrate the 168 Assemblies that exist in Cuba.
On December 3, the second round will be held in the circumscriptions where neither of the two candidates gets more than 50 percent of the valid ballots issued.