EU must oversee election results, says jailed Catalan vice president
President Puigdemont says his candidacy aims to continue ‘road to independence’
Absolute mistrust in Spain organizing the Catalan elections. This is what becomes deducted after the jailed Catalan vice president, Oriol Junqueras, asked the European Union to oversee the results of the December 21 elections in a letter published by Politico. “Frankly, it is hard to believe that Spain’s conservative People’s Party government will actually respect the result of these elections,” he said. “Therefore, it is vital that the European Union oversee the results to ensure they are truly respected, and to erase any doubts about the outcome.”
Junqueras' party recruits agents to avoid 'electoral fraud'
The Catalan administration has been in charge of organizing Catalan elections for decades. Yet now the situation is different, because the self-rule is suspended and the Spanish government is the ultimate responsible for the vote. In this context, Junqueras’ party, Esquerra Republicana, has recruited 14,000 polling agents to supervise the counting and make sure there is no “electoral fraud.”
'EU has a duty to uphold democracy'
In his op-ed in Politico, Junqueras also said that the EU have to supervise the Spanish measures against Catalonia’s self-rule also after the election. “Above all, the EU can help ensure from the start that with the results of these elections on December 21, the abuses will end.” According to the vice president of the Catalan deposed government, “the EU has a duty to uphold democracy.” “Europe’s absence so far, and its declaration that this is an ‘internal matter’ for Spain, threatens to become a serious mid to long-term problem,” he added.
"Frankly, it is hard to believe that Spain’s conservative People’s Party government will actually respect the result of these elections"
Oriol Junqueras · Catalan jailed vice president
The Catalan newspaper El Periódico published an exclusive interview to Junqueras from prison on Sunday. “The offensive against against Catalonia can only be halted with a victory on December 21,” he said. Junqueras also explained that he is held in a unit where the majority of inmates are murderers, rapists and pederasts. The journalist in charge of the interview claimed that Junqueras is now thinner than one month ago, when he who put in prison. He might be released from the correctional facility as soon as this Monday if the Supreme Court’s judge decides so.
Meanwhile, the Catalan deposed president, Carles Puigdemont, continues in Belgium, where he is testifying also this Monday over his extradition case. In an interview with the Flemish newspaper De Standaard in Antwerp, he said that the candidacy he is leading, Together for Catalonia, will aim to “continue the road” towards “an independent state.” The interview was held in a theatre in Antwerp with 800 attendees.
Spain's 'repression' halted implementation of independence
Puigdemont said that the independence did not go ahead after the October 27 declaration because “some conditions are needed” to do so. Spain’s “repression” made it impossible to happen, he added. “We understood that in front of us we do not have a state which will respect the rules of the game and democracy”. Puigdemont also said that the pro-independence campaigners “know that it is a long process and that a lot of time and negotiation is needed” for independence.