CUBA
Parliamentary Chamber: Asamblea nacional del Poder popular

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1998

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Chamber:
  Asamblea nacional del Poder popular


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  11 January 1998


Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.


Background and outcome of elections:

  The 1998 parliamentary elections were held simulataneously with polling for 1,192 representatives to the country’s 14 provincial assemblies. For the expanded National Assembly’s 601 seats (up from 589), an identical number of candidatures were finally approved, after screening, by the National Candidature Commission. While not all were members of the ruling and sole political organization - the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) - they backed the policies of the Government led by Mr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the executive Council of State.

During the campaign, the Government appealed for a massive voter turnout which, according to President Castro, would serve to underline the vitality of Cuba’s political system. He characterized the capitalist world as in crisis, cited economic problems affecting Asia and their repercussions in international stock markets, and stated that it’s the world that’s changing, not Cuba as the latter was reaffirming its position, its ideals, its objectives . Electors turned out in large numbers on polling day to endorse the official national and provincial slates of candidates.

On 24 February, Mr. Castro was re-elected Head of State by Parliament for another five-year term. At the same time, he heads the Council of Ministers.

STATISTICS
Round no 1 (11 January 1998): Elections results  
Number of registered electors 8, 064,205
Voters 7,931,229 (98.35%)
Blank or invalid ballot papers 398,007
Valid votes 7,533,222

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 435
Women: 166

Distribution of seats according to age:  
18-30 years 26
31-40 years 165
41-50 years 256
51-60 years 116
Over 60 years 38


Distribution of seats according to profession:

 
Local representatives 278
Provincial representatives 185
National representatives 138


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