Podem membership approves October 1 vote
Some 64% of activists in the Catalan branch of the left-wing party are in favor of the referendum and calling on the public to take part
Podem Catalunya has voted to call on the public to take part in the October 1 independence referendum. Activists of the Catalan branch of the left-wing Podemos party voted 64% in favor of participating in the vote on self-determination.
“The people should always have the final word. On October 1 we need to fill the ballot boxes,” said party leader, Albano Dante Fachin.
According to the results of the vote, tweeted on Tuesday by Podem organization secretary, Ruth Moreta, some 64% of party members voted in favor, 33% against, with 3% abstaining.
The members answered the question: "Do you think that Podem Catalunya should encourage participation and call on the public to turn out on October 1?" In all, 7,614 party members voted in the poll.
“The people should always have the final word. On October 1 we need to fill the ballot boxes”
Albano Dante Fachin · Podem leader
The results of the vote come days after Podem was not invited on Monday to a meeting of Podemos with the left-wing Catalan coalitions Catalunya en Comú and En Comú Podem, who discussed the October 1 referendum in Madrid.
The Catalan branch of the party had insisted on first holding the vote of its membership, which began on Friday but did not finish until yesterday.
The affiliated Catalunya En Comú party held a similar vote with 3,485 members taking part, some 60% of whom approved the referendum, though they drew short of calling on the public to take part.