Cuba holds municipal elections smoothly

11:08, April 26, 2010      

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More than 73 percent of Cuba's eligible voters cast votes in Sunday's municipal elections, which went on with "organization, discipline and massiveness," the Cuban National Electoral Commission (CEN) said.

"Until 11:00 a.m. local time (1500 GMT), some 7.316 million Cubans have voted, 73.51 percent of the electors," CEN Vice President Ruben Perez said.

Some 30,000 polling booths were established across the country and opened till 6:00 p.m. local time (2200 GMT).

There are 34,766 registered candidates in the 169 municipalities of Cuba, with 15,093 of them to be chosen as delegates on Sunday. Once none of the candidates gets more than 50 percent of the valid votes, there will be the second round on May 2.

Among the voters were former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro, the current Cuban leader.

Due to health reasons, Fidel Castro sent his vote from his residence to the polling station in his constituency.

Raul Castro was the first voter in his corresponding polling station at Havana.

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