About 95% of Cubans vote in municipal elections

15:13, April 27, 2010      

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More than 8.2 million Cubans, about 95 percent of the electorate, voted in municipal elections held Sunday, the government says.

A total of 8,205,994 Cubans voted in the first round of the elections, with more than 91 percent of the ballots valid, Ana Maria Mari Machado, president of the National Electoral Commission, said in a preliminary report Monday.

As much as 4.58 percent of the ballots were blank, and another 4.33 percent were invalidated.

A total of 12,986 delegates were elected to the municipal assemblies and there will be runoffs on Sunday in 2,106 constituencies where no candidate earned more than 50 percent of the vote.

There have been 14 municipal elections in Cuba since 1976.



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