Catalonia: 80.72% voters said yes to independence

More than 2mln voters, says Catalan vicepresident Ortega

10 November, 10:57

    A man dressed with the Barcelona FC t-shirt votes during the non binding 'referendum' for  independance at a voting center in Barcelona, Spain A man dressed with the Barcelona FC t-shirt votes during the non binding 'referendum' for independance at a voting center in Barcelona, Spain

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, NOVEMBER 10 - 80.72 percent of the more than two million Catalans who participated in Catalonia's symbolic independence referendum voted yes, Catalan vice president Joana Ortega said, referring to almost 90% of votes counted.

    The poll posited two questions concerning the possibility of giving Catalonia status of the nation, and granting it independence.

    In a press conference in Barcelona, Ortega said voters who responded Yes to the first question and No to the second question received 10.11% of the vote, double No received 4.55% and blank responses had 9.56%.

    The consultation, organized by the pro-independence militants without independent monitors nor official lists of voters, has only symbolic value and Madrid considers it an exercise in futility.

    The high percentage of yes is explained by the fact that voters mobilized to vote were almost exclusively separatists.

    The voters accounted for about one-third of those eligible. The Recent polls give separatists and loyalists an even split of around 50% each.

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