Following the Council of State's convocation of general elections, and appointments to the National Electoral Commission, its 17 members were invested yesterday, June 15, during a ceremony in the Palace of the Revolution.
Reading the oath, with which the members affirmed their commitment to fulfilling their duties on the Commission and uphold the law, was its president, Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez.
She emphasized members' responsibility to complete their task with professionalism, discipline, and rigor, noting that the work requires impartiality, transparency, and absolute honesty.
Ana María Mari Machado, vice president of the National Assembly of People's Power, also spoke during the ceremony, reiterating that the commission is charged with organizing, directing, and validating the electoral process during which representatives to People's Power Assemblies at all levels and the Council of State will be chosen.
"These will be the first elections without Fidel's physical presence, but both he and Martí will guide us with their revolutionary principles and ethics," she said.
With the investiture of this commission, she said, the 17th term of municipal assemblies, the 13th at the provincial level, and the 9th national legislature have been initiated, "with full confidence in the representatives which the people elect, who with responsibility, preparation, humanism, and hard work will continue to perfect People's Power."
Machado called for a commitment to ensure that the process serve "as a demonstration of genuine democracy, conscious participation, unity, confidence in victory, and support for the Revolution, Fidel and Raúl."
Also participating in the ceremony were Homero Acosta Álvarez, Council of State secretary; Teresa Amarelle Boué, secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women; and Miriam Nicado García, rector of the University of Computer Sciences, among other dignitaries.