Fine was the first Spanish Prime Minister to be approved by the Election Committee.
According to Spanish media reports on Tuesday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez paid the opposition party a fine of 2,420 euros last month for violating election laws during the 2019 election campaign.
According to Le Monde and Espanyol, after the socialist Sanchez was interviewed by the television channel La Sexta at the Moncloa Palace, the conservative opposition People’s Party (PP) filed a complaint with the Central Electoral Commission. The prime minister is also running in the election. PP argued that the prime minister is also running for election, violating the “principle de neutrality” as stipulated by Spanish electoral law. It highlighted his accomplishments as a candidate shortly before the vote.
Initially, Sanchez was fined 500 euros by the Election Commission. Sanchez appealed and claimed that Sanchez always gave interviews at his home. According to El Español, “Rajoy, Zapatero, Aznar, Gonzalez did it,” he said, referring to some of his predecessors. “It appears that the Election Commission has changed its standards and must now adhere to the rules.” Sanchez also claimed that Sanchez didn’t choose the location and content of his interview. A complaint was filed against Moncloa Palace, which removed the link to the interview.
He lost the case before the Supreme Court, and ordered that 2,420 euros be paid to the People’s Party. Former government spokesperson Isabel Celaá was also told to pay the party 2,420 euros.
According to reports Sanchez became the first Spanish prime Minister to be sanctioned at the Election Commission.
Sanchez must pay an additional 2,000 euro procedure fee to the Election Commission in addition to the 2,420 Euro fine.
According to reports, documents prove that the transfer occurred on October 27, this year.