Havana, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Fidel Castro voted for a united homeland in the Sunday general elections, and sent a message to Cubans.
A member of the polling station number 1, constituency 13, where the statesman"s registered to vote, went to the place where he is recovering to receive his vote.
"I have already fulfilled my duty with my homeland, and I did not get wet. I voted for a united vote with conscience. Let's show the world our conscience and culture," wrote the island head of State in the text read in front of those present in the polling station.
The Cubans must elect 614 deputies for the Parliament and 1,201 delegates for the Provincial Assemblies of the People"s Power.
The new Parliament, whose constituent session will be February 24, will elect 31 members of the Council of State, top state representation, whose will choose among them the president and first vice president, as well as five vice presidents and the secretary of that body.
Legislators will also vote for a president, vice president and secretary of the National Assembly, and appoint the members of the 10 permanent commissions of that forum.
Meanwhile, the 14 Provincial Assemblies of the People"s Power will elect president, vice president and secretary in their constituent meetings.
Fidel Castro's Message:
To Fellow Citizens of the West: Cold winds from the North, accompanied by drizzle and rain, in the western region of the country, pretend to conspire against our elections.
I have already fulfilled my duty, but I didn't get wet. I had the privilege that a member of the Electoral Board of my polling station visited me, the same as others in my case.
I chose the united vote as a matter of conscience.
In spite of the weather, already at 08:15 in the morning, I was informed that over 25 percent of those registered had voted.
We will show the world our conscience and our culture in the Western zone of the country, each one choosing the most adequate hour and adequately protecting themselves to vote before six this afternoon.
¡Patria o Muerte!
Fidel Castro Ruz
January 20, 2008 9.00 a.m