Catalan independence vote turnout at 2.3 mn: officials

10th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

More than 2.

3 million people voted in Catalonia's symbolic independence vote with 80 percent of them backing secession from Spain, the regional government said on Monday.

With all the ballots counted in Catalonia, the total number in Sunday's poll reached 2,305,290 in the region of some 7.

5 million inhabitants, it said in a statement.

Catalans pushed ahead with the symbolic vote in defiance of legal challenges from Madrid which stripped of legal force their initial plan for an official non-binding referendum.

The ballot papers posed two questions: "Do you want Catalonia to be a state?" and if so, "Do you want that state to be independent?"According to Monday's results, 80.

76 people answered 'yes' to both questions -- 1.

86 million overall.

A total of 10.

7 percent answered 'yes' to the first question and 'no' to the second, while 4.

54 percent answered 'no' to the first.

Those ratios did not include the 13,573 people who have voted so far at polling stations overseas, where ballots will remain open until November 25.

It was not a surprise that most of the people who turned out on Sunday were in favour of independence, since those opposed to it were -- like the Spanish government -- fiercely opposed to the vote.

Some 5.

4 million Catalans and resident foreigners aged over 16 were eligible to vote, the regional government said, though some analysts estimated the figure at closer to six million.

Although the vote was not legally endorsed and lacked an official electoral roll, Monday's results roughly indicated that nearly a third of Catalonia's population was actively in favour of independence, as reflected in mass demonstrations over recent years.


© 2014 AFP

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