Tornado Victims in Havana Will Have Facilities to Vote in Referendum

Havana, Feb 13 .-Cubans affected by the tornado that hit several municipalities in Havana on January 27 will have easy access to vote in the new constitution referendum, the National Electoral Commission (CEN) said Tuesday.


Cecilia Valdes Milian, a member of CEN, told Prensa Latina that if they are resettled as a result of the climate phenomenon, they will be allowed to vote in voting stations near their location.

Another possibility is that in the necessary cases, an electoral authority accompanied by a pioneer (students in Cuba on the island who are in charge of the custody of the ballot boxes) may go to the place of those hospitalized or treated as a result of the tornado, she added.

Valdes Milian recognized the local authorities’ effort to create the required conditions for the referendum, in the midst of the recovery process after the damage caused by the event in five Havana municipalities, including Regla, Guanabacoa and Diez de Octubre, which reported several deaths, dozens of injuries and affects in thousands of homes, many with total and partial collapses.

According to the CEN spokeswoman, more than eight million Cubans are called to the polls to ratify the Magna Carta approved on December 22 in the National Assembly of People’s Power.

With respect to the preparations, she highlighted the holding of a dynamic test on Sunday, February 17, an exercise dedicated to checking the security to support the referendum.

That day the preparation will be practical, with the objective of checking from the documentation accompanying the vote to the location of the ballot boxes, the patriotic symbols and the voting booths, she stressed.

According to Valdes Milian, last Sunday the dynamic test was held abroad, where on February 17 – a week before the votes in Cuba – those who are on mission in more than a hundred countries will be able to practice their right.