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An "election" does not a democracy make
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

And Cuba demonstrates that each time it has one.
There is no mudslinging or million-dollar war chest. No party nominations, dirty tricks or battles for key endorsements.

In fact, there's no campaigning at all — and the most famous candidate, Fidel Castro, hasn't been seen in public for almost 18 months.

Still, more than 90 percent of voters are expected to turn out Sunday for parliamentary elections — a key step in determining whether the ailing Castro remains as head of state.
There's only one legal party, the communist party, and while you can be on the slate of candidates and not be a member, it's not very likely, in fact it it impossible, to hold a leadership spot - those are reserved for Communist party leaders only.

The elections, btw, are parliamentary, and it is from the 614 members that a new Council of State will be selected and that council will then choose the new leader. The only drama in this particular process is if they'll retain Fidel or instead choose his brother Raul.

So why the 90% turnout?
Even voters profoundly disappointed with the system usually vote because failing to show up at the polls can draw unwanted attention from pro-government neighborhood watch committees whose support can be needed to get jobs, housing or other official approvals.
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These elections must meet with John McCain’s approval; excessive, unregulated money does not corrupt these elections. They are also very civil, what with no divisive mud slinging and name calling. What’s not to like?
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I guess it depends on what you definition of ’election’ is.
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An "election" does not a democracy make
I’ve been saying the same thing since the 2000 "Election" in the United States....
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