CAMAGÜEY.- While on November 17, International Day of the Student, the young people of the world will demand in the streets their rights and claims, challenging the repression of the so-called "democratic" governments; Doraine, Reinier, Javier and Ana Laura will celebrate with the joy of having been born in Cuba. They will celebrate with a focus on the 19, the date on which the entire island will become absorbed in a dynamic process with a view to another expression of true democracy, the elections of November 26.


Photo: The authorPhoto: The authorAna Laura Núñez Guerrero is proud to vote for the first time. "Since we are children, we have been linked to the care of ballot boxes and other tasks in the polling station, but what you feel is incomparable, a wonderful feeling, because you realize that you grew up," explained the student of 12th grade of the urban pre-university institute Bernabé Boza.

"To be part of an election process such as ours, where capacity, merit and transparency are words of order, is exceptional, but even more when one sees that this type of event in the world becomes a political show or marketing. To elect the person who is going to represent me little interested me if he has a bank account and how many millions he has, I only need to be convinced that he is the best," said Ana Laura, who is also a contributor to the electoral commission of her constituency.

For her part, Surelis Manso Molina recalled that since we are little in the José Martí Pioneers Organization, children have the right to choose those who are going to lead them, the same thing happens in the Federation of Secondary School Students, "that's why it is not so difficult to comprehend the meaning of this vote; unlike other young people in the world, they have us in mind, hear our opinion and that is why I will be the first ones to vote at my polling station, a moment that very few forget", added the student of Health Technology.

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More than 870 students from various teachings in the province have had the mission, since the beginning of the election process, to cooperate with the committees of district, municipal, and Provincial Electoral Commission. In the latter, 20 Law students work, for those who, according to Doraine Linares Jiménez, have been a unique opportunity to be able to see in practice what their teachers explain them from the theory.

"At first we went to the assemblies of candidates’ nomination to check compliance with what the law says. The 26 we will fulfill other functions, we will verify the conditions of the polling stations, if the explanation on how to vote are given correctly; and at this stage we check to see if they are exposed the biographies of the candidates and the list of voters," she said.

Dory, as affectionately called, did not leave her dialog there. As future graduated in Law, she assessed from the perspective of the legal sciences the Cuban model of democracy. "Here, there are not electoral parties, campaigns, and that is why we are criticized. Very few in the world conceived that the delegate arises directly from the neighborhood; our neighbor could become a deputy to the National Assembly of People's Power. It has been very important for students to know the system from within, because it gives us the necessary arguments to combat the myths that announce the defenders of the bourgeois democracy", she said, at the same time stating that in no country of the world, a student organization such as the Federation of University Students have the possibility to choose a number of candidates to delegates to the Provincial Assembly and of members of the Cuban parliament. From the faculties, the students made proposals, and that can only be seen in Cuba.

To Reinier Bada Zayas, the 12th grade in the pre-university institute Bernabé Boza did not prevent him to assume as a member of a polling station. "I already did it a few months ago, when I served as secretary of the polling station, and I liked it, now they asked me again and I said yes. To participate in a process in which the urns are guarded by pioneers and not by soldiers is a pride, and although it will be difficult because of the teaching load and preparations, I will be doing my duty."

The polling station No. 6 of the circumscription 9 of the Center Popular Council, in Camagüey, will have a peculiar fact: the brothers Javier and Cristian Francis Sánchez, next to their mother, will serve as electoral authorities, the first one studied History at the University of Camagüey, the other one Medicine in the Medical Sciences University, and both agree that it is a privilege to participate in these elections.

Javier recalls that since children, their mom linked them to these things, and after reaching the majority age, she spoke with them so they will accompany her as ordinary members of the polling station over which she preside. "I am happy to deliver the ballot to the voter, and also explain them how to exercise the vote. When one is educated as she did with us, this represents more than comply with the homeland, a healthy pride in knowing that you are part of a Revolution that is of everybody," the young student of History knows compare how were the processes before the triumph of the Revolution.

These are just a few, just go to, for example, the Electoral Commission of the municipality of Camagüey, and you can find the same to a Oreibis of 28 years as a member of a polling station, than to Henry, who with only 19 years old is responsible for the entire computer system. Our genuine democracy also has a youthful face.

Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez