Catalonia's symbolic independence 'consultation' on Sunday. 4.5 million to cast ballots

4.5 million to cast ballots.

07 November, 19:01

    People attend a gathering to support independence referendum, at the Catalonia Square in Barcelona. People attend a gathering to support independence referendum, at the Catalonia Square in Barcelona.

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID - The Catalan government ''will respond at the end of the process'' for the independence consultation on Sunday, but ''will not implement it'' in order not to violate a recent Constitutional Court decree.

    The clarification came on Friday from Joan Rigol, the coordinator of the National Pact for the Right to decide, which unites about 3,000 associations, parties and unions supporting independence of the region. ''President Artur Mas maintains the responsibility for the process,'' Rigol said. ''But the voting and counting procedures will be carried out by volunteers.'' About 40,000 have signed up to help out in the consultation process. The central government, notes Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sanz de Santamaria, has asked the Catalan regional government to ''avoid putting even a single public official or employee in a situation of the slightest uncertainty'' concerning ''compliance with the law''. Over 4.5 million Catalans over the age of 16 will be able to vote on Sunday in a symbolic consultation on the questions 'Do you want Catalonia to be a state?' and 'If so, would you like it to be independent?'. As was in the case of the initially scheduled referendum, the symbolic consultation has been suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court. (ANSAmed).

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