Just when you thought elections under the Castro regime were a shameless charade, along comes Ricardo Alarcon to set you straight.
Alarcon, the head of the rubber-stamp National Assembly, has told reporters in Havana that the forthcoming municipals elections will be "free", "clean" and "democratic".
That's because Cubans will be able to nominate candidates "without the pressure exerted in other places by money, demagogy or corruption".
In other words, no need for political parties or differing opinions or a range of candidates with competing policies wasting the voters' time.
One candidate, one vote, one outcome. Easy.