Radio26.Cu – Matanzas, Cuba


A People´s Power more like the country

Gloria Machado León 21 julio, 2014

That much that can be achieved with the popular contest, what people can bring if they are correctly call  , and it is included in the decision taking process, had  in Matanzas its climax four decades ago with the decision of choosing it as a lab of the complex politicaand social l exercise that involved the creation of the Organs of People’s Power.

The landmark lawsuit that ended with the establishment of the Provincial Assembly precisely on July 21st, 1974, is recalled from farms in Matanzas proud to have initiated the institutionalization of state performance that earned praise from Fidel, who would ponder the contributions of  Matanzas people  in 1976 to broaden the experience of the national territory effectively.

Since its founding date until today, continuous improvement of the system governing the practice of government in this vital need for the People’s Power is more like Cuba, in the unavoidable also claim the complete fulfillment of their duties as requested in the sixth Party Congress.

Recent transformations associated with the strengthening of these bodies occur in younger provinces of Artemisa and Mayabeque, an experiment that, among other things, proposes to demarcate state administrative functions, which would resolve the sticking point in the act of assemblies who share the duality of control and run, roles that make them vulnerable in the effectiveness of its management.

If the test succeeds and generalizes as presumed, the structures of the People’s Power will be able to take without obstructions of this nature its proper mission in the political, greater concentration in the control and supervision of the realization of the political system, and now require the proper implementation of the Economic and Social Guidelines of the Party and the Revolution.

However, with more or less changes, these 40 years also teach how to win a foul in the relationship between delegates and addresses of the assemblies, strategic alliance for representatives of government exercising constituencies in communities right where the Cuban happens everyday .

The possibility that men and women in their area often transcend sadly be influenced by the same lack of arguments to drive the essential accountabilities that are desaprovechándose, inadequate processing approaches or no coordination mechanisms to solve local problems through participation collective.

Although in Cuba exist examples of delegates and presidents of People’s Councils with well earned prestige on the other side of those communities themselves abound others whose work is hampered by the tendency of certain administrative cadres to disallow the mandate that was given to them in the Electoral Act.

In recent months, in exchanges with MPs, provincial assemblies and executives of companies, the Cuban Parliament President Esteban Lazo Hernández, has stressed the importance of people’s councils enforce the powers stipulated in Act 91, which Total invested with power to act as genuine local bodies.

Despite such legitimacy, those recognized as basic cells of Popular Power system do not get yet its good performance to be  the rule. Maybe that’s why in some corner of Cuba continue dissenting voices be heard by repeated failures in service delivery units, harmful situations for the normal development of life in neighborhoods and require the assistance of the entire population, lidereada by their elected .

To be fair, we should also admit that if something in 40 years has challenged the figure of the delegate is the popular comment that no decision, that nothing material granted, a concept that denies the intermediation that is allocated between voters and state entities, and their own work in municipal assemblies, as representatives of those who voted for them.

If anything could raise the prestige of these social actors would be the accompaniment from the provincial assemblies for the economy plans to  include definitely the approaches of the population, still weak and will look to continue to sue, because after all of People’s efficiency depends in equal measure the efficiency of the country. The state needs it, as well as its people.


Original text by Juanita Perdomo Larezada on July 21st, 2014

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