The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, tweeted his congratulations to governors and lieutenant governors elected on Saturday in all of the country’s provinces. "We are counting on you to continue perfecting government work," he wrote.
For his part, Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of the National Assembly of People's Power and the Council of State, sent a message of congratulations to those elected in the January 18 vote.
"You have been elected in your respective provinces in a historic vote, with the unquestionable support of the people’s representatives, gathered in their municipalities this morning.
"The attendance of almost all People's Power delegates in the country is an indication of the support and recognition you have, increasing your commitment to performing the duties of the office you will soon assume.
"Electoral authorities, for their part, completed the day’s work with the transparency and organization that has characterized previous processes, complying on time and in the established manner, according to the letter of the new Constitution of the Republic.
"On behalf of National Assembly deputies, please accept a congratulatory embrace, offered in the certainty that you will carry out this new mission assigned by the people," Lazo stated.
Results of the January 18 election:
Saturday, January 18, 99.04% of Cuban delegates to Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power participated in a legitimate exercise of democracy, as they voted to elect governors and lieutenant governors of Cuba’s provinces.
Alina Balseiro, president of the National Electoral Council (CEN), announced in a press conference that, of the total of 12,363 delegates to Municipal Assemblies, 12,244 were present at the 167 polling stations, and 100% of these deposited their ballots in the ballot box.
After the results of the vote were validated by Provincial Electoral Councils and the CEN, it was announced that 39 blank ballots were cast; two were annulled; with 12,203 valid, representing 99.67%. Also reported was that 11,625 ballots indicated Yes votes for both nominees and 578 were selective, Balseiro stated.
Given the results, and as regulated by Article 249.1 of the Electoral Law, when more than half of the valid ballots indicate Yes votes, those proposed for the two positions in each territory are elected, she noted.
"We must also highlight the work of the more than 3,000 electoral authorities involved, as well as the organization, discipline, tranquility and transparency that distinguished the vote, the count, and tabulation.
"With the novel election exercise of this January 18, the institutionality of the country is reinforced, and People's Power bodies continue to be perfected, in accordance with the letter of the Constitution," the CEN president emphasized.
In accordance with the Electoral Law, Balseiro recalled, the elected governors and lieutenant governors will be sworn-in by a representative of the Council of State designated for this purpose, on a date set by the latter, within 21 days of their election.
The Constitution of the Republic of Cuba establishes that each province has a provincial government, headed by a governor, lieutenant governor and Provincial Council, functioning in close collaboration with the people.
The Magna Carta stipulates that provincial governments, as the state’s representative, have as their fundamental mission “the economic and social development of their territory, in accordance with the general objectives of the country, acting as a coordinator between central state authorities and municipalities, thus contributing to the reconciliation of the interests of the province and its municipalities."
This election fulfills directives established in the Constitution’s Fifth Transitory Provision, and constitutes a noteworthy example of work is progressing to implement the postulates of our new supreme law.
The Constitution states that the Governor is the highest executive-administrative official in the province.
- Article 176. To serve as Governor, one must be a Cuban citizen by birth and have no other citizenship, at least 30 years of age, reside in the province and enjoy full civil and political rights.
- Article 180. The Lieutenant Governor is elected in the same manner, for the same period (five years), and is subject to the same requirements as the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor assumes responsibilities as delegated or assigned by the Governor, and may substitute the Governor in the event of absence, illness or death, in accordance with established procedures.