Sábado, 16 de Noviembre de 2019
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Cuba’s electoral straitjacket

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The National Candidatures Committee (CCN) was just constituted. According to the Electoral Law, this commission, as well as the provincial and municipal ones, were created to prepare and present the proposed candidacies of the delegates to the Provincial Assemblies and the Deputies to the National Assembly of Popular Power (ANPP), and to cover the positions that these and the municipal assemblies choose.

Those making up the CCN are members of the Central Union of Cuban Workers (CTC), the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR), the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), the Federation of University Students (FEU) and the Federation of Secondary School Students (FEEM) – all, of course, members of the Communist Party (CCP) and the Union of Young Communists (UJC). These constitute a "civil society" belonging to the party in power; that is, they are not simply members of these organizations, but also faithful followers of the orders issued by the Central Committee and its first secretary.

These commissions guarantee that, even if the people vote for non-communist candidates in municipal elections, the delegates of the Provincial Assemblies, the deputies of the National Assembly, the Council of State and its president can simply be appointed to their positions.

The continuity of the dictatorial system is assured perpetually, even if the country is a moral and economic disaster. Shamelessly, the Communists impose their will, and not only by means of their cunningly calculated laws, which are still not enough. They also cheat and coerce voters in the constituency elections, the only stage of the electoral process during which the people could make itself heard, if they dared to do so.

How distant are those words abouthow "History will absolve me..." with regards to democracy, the three-part separation of powers, constitutional rights and general principles of law, like resistance to dictatorship and the rights of association, assembly and expression. Instead the Cuban government creates an apparatus that usurps the sovereignty of the people, establishing itself as a body that decides for the voters who is going to occupy public offices.

Thus, these public positions are not occupied by servants of the people, paid to shape their destinies. Rather, they become assassins of a despotic regime as abominable as any other tyranny. The public offices designated by the Candidature Commissions are illegitimate, usurpers of the will of the people, which ought to be determined by the polls in free, direct and secret voting at every level, from the municipality to the National Assembly and the Presidency of the Republic. These positions are too important to be left to a group of political eunuchs.

A people without the right to assemble, associate or express their opinions is not a free people. A people who cannot choose their rulers are slaves. The Cuban people are prisoners of the PCC, and one day they will realize this, and their situation of subjection to a regime that has not fulfilled its promises of wellbeing for the people, and never will. Rather it has wrested from them their freedom.

The Cuban Constitution and laws are conceived as chains and bars, and the Candidature Commissions are the locks that complete the confinement. Remembering a phrase a friend uttered years ago, Cuba is not a country. She was right. It's a jail, entirely surrounded by water.