Electoral System

CHAPTER XIV ELECTORAL SYSTEM

ARTICLE 131

All citizens, with the legal capacity to do so, have the right to take part in the leadership of the state, directly or through their elected representatives to the bodies of People's Power, and to participate, for this purpose and as prescribed by law, in the periodic elections and people's referendums through free, equal and secret vote. Every voter has only vote.

ARTICLE 132

All Cubans over 16 years of age, men and women alike, have the right to vote except those who:
  1. are mentally disabled and have been declared so by court;
  2. have committed a crime and because of this have lost the right to vote.

ARTICLE 133

All Cuban citizens, men and women alike, who have full political rights can be elected.

If the election is for deputies to the National Assembly of People's Power they must be more than 18 years old.

ARTICLE 134

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and other military institutions of the nation have the right to elect and be elected, just like any other citizen.

ARTICLE 135

The law determines the number of delegates that make up each of the Provincial and Municipal Assemblies, in proportion to the number of people who live in each of the regions into which, for electoral purposes, the country is divided.

The delegates to the Provincial and Municipal Assemblies are elected by the voters through free, direct and secret vote. Moreover, the law regulates the procedure for their election.

ARTICLE 136

In order for deputies or delegates to be considered elected they must get more than half the number of valid votes cast in the electoral districts.

If this does not happen, or in cases of vacant posts, the law regulates the procedure to be followed.