The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Cuba (White)

No. 157

Sir: The Department has received your despatch Number 308 of August 2 last,27 advising the Department that while the President of Cuba has definitely stated that he will publish the statement based on the declaration suggested by Doctor Céspedes, he has not yet informed you of the date upon which this statement will be made public.

You state that the President contemplates issuing this statement when the electoral period begins, but that you are not certain as to whether this implies August 29, when certificates of nomination must be filed with the proper Municipal Board or September 16, which is prescribed in the Electoral Code as the last day for presenting certificates of nomination which have had some defect when originally presented. The Department is of the opinion that the electoral period must be understood to begin upon August 29, which is the last day upon which certificates of nomination of all candidates must be filed. The period between August 29 and September 16 is merely an additional period for correcting defects in the certificates already presented. If you, therefore, have reason to believe that the President intends delaying the publication of the statement above referred to beyond August 29, you are authorized to state to him that the Department feels it highly desirable that this statement be made public upon August 29, the date which marks the commencement of the electoral period proper.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Alvey A. Adee
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