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The process of nominating candidates for delegates to Municipal Assemblies of People's Power is, as has been said in many contexts, the most important and complex stage of our elections, since it is a fundamental expression of democracy in the country.

In the words of Tomás Amarán Díaz, vice president of the National Electoral Commission (CEN), this vote is "the foundation of our system and of government structures. This is when the people are directly involved, in an authentic manifestation of citizen participation."

Candidates nominated in each constituency are included in the pool from which delegates to Municipal Assemblies of People's Power will later be elected, for a term of two and a half years. Up to 50% of those elected at this level will be chosen as delegates to Provincial Assemblies, and deputies to the National Assembly, for five year terms.

Thus the great importance, noted by Amarán, of the nomination assemblies, set to take place September 4 through the 30th, in 45,688 approved sites within the country's 12,515 constituencies.

During the process, he emphasized, members of constituency electoral commissions have a significant responsibility, and prior to these meetings must inform leaders of all mass organizations, and the entire neighborhood, of the approved schedule.

Special attention must be given to information provided voters regarding the time, date, location, and objective of the assemblies, Amarán stated, adding that adequate preparation of sites is essential, and that no assembly should take place without the nation's flag and patriotic symbols on hand.