Sunday, November 9, 2014

European Parliamentary Delegation to observe 9N vote




The spokesman of the Delegation, Ian Duncan, says that “voting is not a crime”

An international delegation of eight Members of Parliament from European regional Parliaments, national Parliaments and the European Parliament will spend the 9 November observing the vote of the Catalan citizens on their political future. The Members of Parliament come from different European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom) and have diverse political backgrounds, representing political parties or groups such as the Greens, Liberals, Conservatives and Socialists.

In a public presentation in Barcelona, the spokesman of the Delegation, Ian Duncan, explained that their role tomorrow is to observe the vote, in a moment that Catalonia is in an “important juncture”. He also made clear that they do not endorse either side but the vote itself. He told that, being Scottish, he defended unionism in the last referendum, but he also proclaimed that “before a unionist, I am a democrat”. Asked about the Spanish blocking of the vote, he assured that “voting is not a crime” and what is needed is to “let the voice of the people be heard”. Duncan considers that the right to vote is the most precious we have and he hoped that the vote in catalonia tomorrow is “as open and transparent as possible”. He also showed his disposal to inform the Spanish Government about the findings of the delegation if they wish so.

The delegation is integrated by the following MPs:
Name
Surname
Nationality
Parliament
Group
Polit. Party
Izaskun
Bilbao
Spain
European Parliament
ALDE
Coalició per Europa – PNB
Mark
Demesmaeker
Belgium
European Parliament
European Conservatives and Reformists
Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie
Ian 
Duncan
United Kingdom
European Parliament
European Conservatives and Reformists
Conservative Party
Jill
Evans
United Kingdom
European Parliament
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Plaid Cymru
Valter
Mutt
Sweden
Swedish Parliament
European Green Party
The Green Party
Gérard
Onesta
France
Regional Parliament of Midi-Pyrénees
European Green Party
Europe Ecologie
Peter
Vilfan
Slovenia
Parliament of Slovenia
ALDE
Alliance of Alenka Bratusek ZaAB (Liberal)
Bernhard
von Grünberg
Germany
Parliament of the Land North Rhine-Westphalia
European Socialist Group
SPD


They talked to political actors and civil society representatives involved in the process. They will visit more than 30 polling stations in Catalonia, starting in Barcelona and from there travelling up to Girona and Tarragona, where they will witness the opening of polling stations, the voting process, the closing of voting stations and the counting of votes. They will have free access to the installations and the volunteers, in order to verify the possibility for all Catalans to express their opinion in a transparent and fair vote.


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