All together, now
The poll takes place on 20 January when Cubans turn up to tick a list of candidates who have all been nominated and approved by either the Communist Party or one of its front organisations.
It’s an old and tired charade, to be sure, no different to the “elections” that used to be held regularly in the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellites back in the good old days.
And you can always tell who the winner will be - even before you vote! How good is that?
Still, there seems to be concern in the upper echelons of the Castro regime that some voters may do the unthinkable in these uncertain times and give a tick to some of the candidates on the list but not all.
Which is why the regime has been busy reminding Cubans that it’s their “revolutionary duty” to approve the entire list – the so-called voto unido.
It seems everyone is out there “encouraging” voters to vote, well, to vote just as they have been told – from the seriously ill Fidel Castro (where is he?) to colourless officials such as Carlos Lage and Ricardo Alarcon.
The latest contribution to the call for “unity” has come from Antonio Pacheco Mas, the head of the Santiago baseball team, the national champions.
In an article that would be funny if it wasn’t so sad, Pacheco Mas has supposedly told the media that he will be voting for the entire ticket because unity is a “decisive factor for victory” not just in baseball but in politics, too.
Using a phrase that kind of gives the whole game away, he has called on Cubans to vote with “monolithic unity”.