Published On: Wed, Apr 17th, 2019

Spanish EC bans Vox party from participating in TV debate

The present decision stands contrary to its declared position on the Freedom of Free Speech and Expression.

The Electoral Commission of Spain has banned the far-right Vox party, which showed an astounding performance in the recent regional elections, from participating in the television debate, which is scheduled to happen ahead of the upcoming election.

The ban has been imposed on the ground that the far-rightist party has violated the Electoral Law.

The Atresmedia network, which was supposed to organise the election debate, has expressed its unhappiness in the decision adopted by the Electoral Commission. Meanwhile, it has asserted that it would respect the decision.

Actually, around four major political parties are expected to participate in the election debate. The media is of the opinion that the absence of the far rightist is against the neutral position maintained by the organisation.

The Vox party has criticised the Electoral Commission’s decision. Notably, not many political organisations have welcomed the decision.

Many see this as an attack against the Right to Speech and Expression. It is the first time such a stiffer action has been taken against a political organisation by the Electoral Commission of Spain.

Like other European countries, Spain respects the Right to Free Speech and Expression. Anyway, the present decision stands contrary to its declared position on the Freedom of Free Speech and Expression.

Vignesh. S. G
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Spanish EC bans Vox party from participating in TV debate