Cuban girl who has voted doesn’t exist for officials

March 24th, 2009 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Havana, March 24 (EFE) Does Cuban girl Cynthia exist? Yes, insists her mother, citing she has even voted in elections. But officials say this is not the case — because no such person exists on their records.
Pre-university student Cynthia Tur Casco has an identity card and voted in the last general elections, a media report said, quoting her distraught mother Maria Rosa Tur Casco.

According to Havana weekly Tribuna, Cynthia “walks, breathes, studies and has even voted” but “officially she doesn’t exist”.

EFE quoted Tribuna as saying that for almost two months Maria Rosa had been “constantly shunted around and deceived” by officials at the Registry Office in the local municipality in the Cuban capital.

She is blaming it on the “incompetence” of its management to deal with the problem and fix it.

Municipal officials now say they would not give a birth certificate to the 17-year-old Cynthia because “she doesn’t appear registered”.

But her identity card shows the girl’s address, date of birth, a registration number and other details.

When Maria Rosa went to the Registry Office with the certificate from the Havana hospital where her daughter was born, the director of that office told her that she hadn’t had time to resolve it.

And in a very bureaucratic manner, the director asked Cynthia’s mother to “come back” later.

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