Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who voted in his hometown, says citizens will have the last word as the country votes in a national election.
Cuba heads to the polls, all eyes on voter turnout
Cubans are voting for the 470 lawmakers who will represent them in the country’s National Assembly, in a closely watched election seen as a referendum on the communist-run government at a time of deep economic crisis.
Voting centres in the capital Havana opened at 7am on Sunday and bustled with activity through mid-day as citizens arrived to cast ballots at the city’s share of more than 23,000 official ballot sites throughout the country.
By 11am, nearly 42 per cent of the country had voted, according to Cuba’s National Electoral Council (CEN).
Cuba’s government, saddled by shortages, inflation and growing social unrest, has encouraged unity, calling on citizens to vote together in a broad show of support for the communist leadership.