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This is How You Vote in Cuba
17 de mayo de 2018
Organized by the Cuban Observatory on Human Rights and CADAL, the book “This is How You Vote in Cuba,” was presented at the Atlantic Institute of Madrid. The book analyzes the non-democratic electoral process belonging of the Cuban revolution. Gabriel Salvia introduced the discussion with the author, Leandro Querido, which was moderated by Yaxys Cires.

The book , which was co-edited by CADAL and Electoral Transparency, offers an analysis of the Cuban electoral process amid the historic 2017/2018 elections, for which the Castros will be absent, after more than fifty years of holding the presidency of the State Council.

Así se vota en Cuba

The book This is How You Vote in Cuba includes a prologue by scholar Armando Chaguaceda, in which he states, “In Cuba, you vote, but you do not elect. This is explained in detail by the author, who analyzes castro’s mechanisms of social control and electoral simulation. Under the current regime, there will be no honest elections because electing implies being able to choose between at least two offerings that are minimally distinctive.”

Así se vota en Cuba

Among those present were Cuban democratic activists Dagoberto Valdés Hernández and Roberto Díaz Vázquez.

Así se vota en Cuba

Leandro Querido holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires. He is the Director of Electoral Transparency Latin America and the portal Electoral News Latin America. As a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires, Querido specializes in electoral systems. He has traversed the continent studying its electoral processes. He has performed electoral observation and evaluation duties in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Honduras, Venezuela, Paraguay, Ecuador, the United States, Bolivia, Guatemala, and other countries. In some of these countries, he was a part of the Organization of American States’ Electoral Observation Missions. Likewise, he has performed the same duties in provincial and national elections in Argentina. He participated in the Organization of American States’ first School on Electoral Observation, which took place in Salamanca, Spain. He is editor of the book “Election in Latin America 1985-2015. 30 years of democratic transformation.” The work was declared “of social and cultural interest” by the City of Buenos Aires Legislature.