Díaz-Canel sees in the results “a victory for Cuba” and thanks for the participation despite the “difficult” context
Two thirds of Cuban voters have supported in referendum the Code of Families promoted by the government of Miguel Diaz-Canel, which opens the door to the legalization of equal marriage and surrogacy on the island, according to official data.
The president of the National Electoral Council, Alina Balseiro Gutiérrez, appeared before the media on Monday to confirm that 66.87 percent of the valid votes, more than 3.9 million, endorsed the current reform, against 33.13 percent, more than 1.9 million, who said ‘no’.
The data, which are already considered irreversible despite the fact that the recount in some constituencies has yet to be completed, put the level of participation at around 74 percent. The head of the CEN has congratulated the population for its involvement in the process, reports the official press.
The announcement of the results has coincided with a meeting headed by Díaz-Canel to examine the evolution of Hurricane Ian and both the president and the rest of the attendees have applauded after the confirmation of the victory of the ‘yes’, as recorded in a video broadcast on social networks by the Presidency itself, under the premise that “love is already law” in Cuba.
Later, the Cuban leader has launched on his Twitter profile a video in which he has defined the vote as “a victory of Cuba, of the Cuban people, of affection and love”, at the same time he has remarked the high participation “despite the context of difficult economic and energy situation, of migratory movements and understandable discrepancies”.
“The yes won. Justice has been done. Approving the Family Code is doing justice and settling a debt with several generations of Cubans whose family projects have been waiting for years for this law,” said Díaz-Canel.
For the Cuban president, the results of the referendum make Cuba “a better, more complete, more democratic and fairer nation”, although he denounced that the island continues to be “besieged by the blockade, overwhelmed by difficulties of all kinds and under the incessant fire of an infamous media war”.
“An unconventional war intensified, has had at its disposal millionaire resources, a wide propaganda machinery to sow negative matrices or sow a negative vote, but they could not with the will expressed in the unitary vote for the ‘yes’ of the majority of the people”, Diaz-Canel has remarked.
Finally, the president praised the “peaceful atmosphere” experienced during the voting day, and thanked those citizens who acted as electoral authorities and all those who collaborated in any way with the smooth running of the voting.
The Cuban officialism had campaigned in favor of the ‘yes’ vote, while on the opposite side the Catholic Church and a sector of the opposition questioned the mere participation in the consultation, considering it a way of legitimizing the current Government.