Spain’s electoral commission declared late Thursday that protests set for this weekend by thousands of people angry over the economic crisis are illegal.
The Central Electoral Commission (JEC) said protests planned for Saturday and for Sunday, the day when regional and municipal polls are scheduled, “go beyond the constitutionally guaranteed right to demonstrate.”
… In its ruling, the JEC said it was its duty to ensure “transparency and objectivity of the electoral process and the principle of equality.”
“In the days of election and voting our law bans the staging of any act of propaganda or electoral campaigning,” it said.
On an election day it is illegal to form groups “likely to interfere in any manner whatsoever with the access to polling places” as is “the presence of those who may hinder or coerce the free exercise of voting rights.”