1.1 mn vote so far in Catalan independence poll: officials

9th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

More than 1.

1 million people voted on Sunday in the first four hours of polling in Catalonia's disputed ballot on independence from Spain, the region's deputy leader said.

Vice president Joana Ortega announced in a televised appearance that 1,142,910 people had voted across the region between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm (1200 GMT).

Sunday's ballot was the first of its kind to take place across the whole region.

Catalan authorities said 5.

4 million people were eligible to vote overall.

Catalans were staging a symbolic ballot after the Spanish government secured injunctions stripping a planned referendum of legal force.

Voters queued up outside polling stations set up in schools and other public venues across Catalonia, the northeastern region that is one of Spain's biggest and richest.

Calls for independence there have grown, fanned by recent years of recession and by Madrid's rejection of Catalan demands for greater autonomy.

© 2014 AFP

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