Cuba’s ‘new’ electoral law designed to keep the old dictatorship in power

After appointing a new president and debuting a new constitution, Cuba’s Castro dictatorship is unveiling a new electoral law. They may be “new,” but they are designed to keep the old in power.

As we have said time and again. . . The more things change in Cuba, the more they stay the same.

Via Diario de Cuba:

The New Electoral Law: another instrument to ‘shape Raul Castro’s legacy’ and ‘put the screws’ to Cubans

“Technical adjustments” are all several opposition and civil society actors interviewed by DIARIO DE CUBA believe there will be in the Government’s new Electoral Law.

As announced on Wednesday, the president of the National Assembly of the People’s Power, Esteban Lazo, “six months after” the conclusions of the current “debate” process on the new Constitution, stated that “the first task of the Legislative Power should be to draft a new Electoral Law.”

Opposition leader Antonio Rodiles, with the Forum for Rights and Freedoms (ForoDyL) believes that it will surely be “to fit it in with this whole pretense of an alleged Constitution.”

“If they proceed from the premise, in the Constitution, that the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) remains a supra-state entity, and that the PCC, as its own statutes state, is the force that directs and guides the work of the mass organizations, and, at the same time, it is the mass organizations that, through the candidacy commissions, propose the sets of candidates, then this is all just smoke and mirrors,” he declared.

“I think that, technically, formally –aside from in practice– it is much worse. They, all by themselves, demonstrate that, as things are, there can be no process that is in any way democratic,” he added.

“All the decrees that they have announced (Business Law, Penal Code), are simply to comply with the Party’s directives. They are instruments to shape the legacy that Raúl Castro wants to leave,” he insists.

In Rodiles’ view, nothing should be expected from the changes that may be included in the Electoral Law announced.

“This is another step backwards. They are working to repress Cuban society even further, to put the screws to it so that it toes the line that they are drawing.”

“This whole repressive broadside, this passage of allegedly complementary laws, is all about exerting more control. It is not about allowing some spaces of freedom, or any leeway for people. It is clear that it is quite the opposite.”

Much ado about nothing

The independent journalist Dimas Castellanos has stated that “judging by the way things are unfolding, nothing that is done at this time is going to make any real difference for the people.”

“This is just window dressing, while the essence remains the same,” indicates Castellanos, a political scientist and author of the book The Failed Revolution.

In the analyst’s view, “a real Electoral Law must include, at some point, the right to have other political parties, and the regime is not willing to do that.”

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