Prisoners and exiles dominate the Catalan political landscape after 21-D election

The final 21-D election results

Here are the final numbers from Catalonia’s unique 21-D election, contested with many of the candidates either in prison, on bail or in exile, once all votes were counted. Note that the last of the 18 seats in Tarragona was oscillating between Ciutadans and PP as the final votes were coming in and it ended up being secured by PP, bringing their final tally of seats to 4. Note also that the record-breaking turnout figure didn’t break through 80% as first predicted, but is measured at 79.04%.

  Overall Barcelona Girona Lleida Tarragona
Party Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes %
Cs 36 1,109,732 25.3% 24 868,365 26.3% 4 79,634 19.4% 3 40,908 16.9% 5 120,825 27.2%
PSC 17 606,659 13.8% 13 497,650 15.1% 1 35,197 8.6% 1 21,795 9.0% 2 52,017 11.7%
PP 4 185,670 4.2% 3 142,934 4.3% 0 11,646 2.8% 0 10,902 4.5% 1 20,188 4.5%
CeC 8 326,360 7.4% 7 276,810 8.4% 0 16,482 4.0% 0 9,415 3.9% 1 23,653 5.3%
JxC 34 948,233 21.6% 17 624,261 18.9% 7 149,638 36.5% 6 78,303 32.3% 4 96,031 21.6%
ERC 32 935,861 21.3% 18 678,030 20.6% 4 88,582 21.6% 5 64,417 26.6% 5 104,832 23.6%
CUP 4 195,246 4.4% 3 143,711 4.4% 1 21,708 5.3% 0 12,140 5.0% 0 17,687 4.0%
Total 135 4,393,099 100.0% 85 3,297,008 100.0% 17 409,966 100.0% 15 242,057 100.0% 18 444,068 100.0%
Electorate   5,557,901     4,156,306     521,313     313,928     566,354  
Turnout%   79.04%     79.33%     78.64%     77.11%     78.41%  

Aggregating these figures on the independence question

  Overall Barcelona Girona Lleida Tarragona
Block Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes %
Independentist 70 2,079,340 47.3% 38 1,446,002 43.9% 12 259,928 63.4% 11 154,860 64.0% 9 218,550 49.2%
Unionist 57 1,902,061 43.3% 40 1,508,949 45.8% 5 126,477 30.9% 4 73,605 30.4% 8 193,030 43.5%
Non-aligned 8 326,360 7.4% 7 276,810 8.4% 0 16,482 4.0% 0 9,415 3.9% 1 23,653 5.3%
Total 135 4,393,099 100.0% 85 3,297,008 100.0% 17 409,966 100.0% 15 242,057 100.0% 18 444,068 100.0%
Electorate   5,557,901     4,156,306     521,313     313,928     566,354  
Turnout%   79.04%     79.33%     78.64%     77.11%     78.41%  

Source: official election returns for Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, published on 29 Dec 2017.

Carol singing events dedicated to political prisoners

On Christmas Eve independence supporters in towns across Catalonia donned yellow “Santa hats” and sang carols to maintain attention on the plight of the 4 political prisoners still held in Madrid prisons.

Carol singing on Christmas Eve outside the closed down La Model prison in Barcelona, video: catalannews.com

Puigdemont delivers a New Year message from Brussels

Carles Puigdemont delivered his New Year message via social media from Brussels, which was not broadcast on Catalan television, but received widespread international coverage.

The Catalans think what we think, want and know how to use the ballot boxes to solve our aspirations and the legitimate discrepancies about how we have to face our collective future. We are a democratically mature people that have earned the right to become a republic of free men and women.

What has been the point of so much repression? …used to provoke so much pain to the victims of the violence of October 1, to the members of the Government and to the bureau of Parliament, the mayors and the imprisoned social leaders, the firemen, teachers and policemen who have had to parade through the courts or fear an ideological delusion?

In this regard, he has labeled it a “scandal” and “shame” in an EU country that former vice president Oriol Junqueras, the former minister Joaquim Forn, and the leaders of Òmnium and the ANC, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, remain in jail “for their political ideas”.

Junqueras appeal on imprisonment decision to be heard on 4 January

Oriol Junqueras has been summoned to Spain’s Supreme Court on 4 January to hear the outcome of his appeal to judge Pablo Llarena’s decision to keep him in prison as a pre-trial precautionary measure. Post-electoral negotiations between Junts per Catalunya and Esquerra Repúblicana have been put on hold pending this decision. Decisions on the appeals from the other three political prisoners will be delivered on 11 January.

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