HAVANA.- Cuba´s First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel said that Cuban youth are the main protagonists of this Sunday's elections, which they attend to fulfill their commitment to Fidel, Raúl and the Revolution.

Shortly after exercising his right to vote in polling station number one, of the 57th district, of the municipality of Playa, the First Vice President told the press that this is a day full of emotion and passion of the revolutionaries, one day after the first anniversary of the physical disappearance of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro.

On the elections the Cuban leader said that the votes cast on Sunday ¨are a sample of the way in which democracy is exercised in Cuba, because people are elected who will represent us in the different structures of the country¨.

Díaz-Canel Bermúdez stressed that the candidates are modest, humble, hard-working people who were nominated by the people, not proposed by a party or campaigning.

In the case of his constituency, he pointed out that the vote is between two very good ones: a university student graduated by the Revolution, who has served as a delegate in recent years with good management; and the other, a young man, a member of the Ministry of the Interior who supported his community a lot in the recovery after the passage of Hurricane Irma.

After arriving at the polling station shortly after 8 AM, the First Vice President greeted the members of the election table, was interested in how many people had already voted at that time and stressed that in the elections, Cubans make use of a legitimate right, something that not everyone has in the world.

We are fulfilling a civic and revolutionary duty, he reiterated.

He stressed that the delegates that are elected must be defended, supported, because that is one of the issues where government management sometimes fails and the solution of the problems must be more effective.

The Cuban people go to the polls throughout Cuba to demonstrate the unity and democratic essence of the Revolution, because it is a people that does not surrender even to the magnitude of the damages of a hurricane, which did not prevent the convocation and organization of the electoral process, he assured.
He then sent a message to those who want to change and impose things on Cubans: "This is a people that decided long ago its destiny, its sovereignty and independence."

In Cuba there is continuity and that is evidenced by the number of young people proposed who will be in government, he said.

He acknowledged that the political system can be perfected, but it is more democratic than most of those that exist in the world.

To a question from the press, Díaz-Canel Bermúdez referred to Cuba's current relations with the United States and assured that the island is still open to them, but they must be without conditions, with respect to the right of Cubans to their independence and sovereignty, based on respect, cooperation and equality.

With the government of Barack Obama we showed that a civilized coexistence is possible; nevertheless, an administration arrived to try to intensify the blockade against Cuba and stop the advanced path in the process towards normalization.

The future of relationships depends on them, not on us, he concluded.