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  • Members of the local electoral commission speak during the nominations of candidates for municipal assemblies in a neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, September 4, 2017.

    Members of the local electoral commission speak during the nominations of candidates for municipal assemblies in a neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, September 4, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 3 November 2017
Opinion

Just over 27,000 candidates will compete for 605 People's Power Assembly seats on Nov. 26.

Candidates for Cuba's upcoming municipal-level People’s Power Assembly elections have been named, the island's National Electoral Council announced, mentioning that 78 percent of residents participated in the selection process.

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Over 60,800 candidate nominations were put forward by municipal councils across the country between Sept. 4 and Oct. 30. Just over 27,000 candidates were officially selected and will compete for a total of 605 seats split between 168 municipal assemblies throughout the country.

Over 8,000 of the final assembly candidates are incumbents, with 35 percent of them being women.

Biographies and photos of each candidate are publicly available for the electorate to study before voting takes place Nov. 26. The election timeline was modified for this year’s municipal assembly elections due to Hurricane Irma, which hit the island early September. 

Run-off elections for any of the 605 assembly contests that don’t take a majority of votes will take place Dec. 3.

“The people propose and nominate candidates," National Candidates Commission of Cuba President told CubaDebate during a recent interview.

She added that candidates for each municipal assembly (which together comprise the national People’s Power Assembly) are residents from those particular municipalities.

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