Spain Court to Fine Catalan Election Board

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Constitutional Court says it will fine 22 members of an electoral board overseeing Catalonia’s planned independence referendum between 6,000 and 12,000 euros a day ($7,200 – $14,331)  as long as they continue disobeying court rulings suspending the Oct. 1 vote.

A court statement Thursday said the fines would start Saturday unless the members demonstrate they comply with its recent rulings that suspended laws covering their appointment, the authorization for the referendum and the transitional period should Catalonia secede from Spain.

Seven central board members are to be fined 12,000 euros a day while 15 provincial members have to pay 6,000 euros a day.

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