The vote continues slowly in Common called to the polls: all 19 voted just over the 33 percent of those entitled. In the previous local elections in 2016, attendance at the same time was much higher, just under 46 per cent. There are two differences that can affect this data: on the one hand, five years ago, the vote was taken in a single day (with ballot boxes closed at 10pm) so the comparison will be fully reliable only with the final figure; on the other hand there is the novelty of the vote in the autumn, which has very few precedents (among these the Regional of the 2020 and even then the reason was the situation of the pandemic). In any case, the low participation figure also seems to be confirmed by the vote for the Calabria Region, where always at 19 he had voted even less than 22 percent, against the (already low) 34 percent of the previous election, in January 2020.
Over 12 million Italians are called to vote. As is known, we vote in 1192 Municipalities for the renewal of the councils and the election of the respective mayors, but also for the election of the president of the Calabria Region and for the election of two deputies with the suppletive in the colleges from Siena and of Roma Primavalle. The polling stations will be open until 11pm on Sunday and then from 7am to 3pm on Monday 4 October. The attentions are mostly on Roma – the city where the outcome of the vote is most uncertain – and then on Milano, Naples, Bologna, Torino, Trieste it’s 6 major cities in which the electoral battle is played, decisive in some ways also at the national political level. In all, however, 20 provincial capitals go to the vote. The eventual turn of ballot will be held on 17 and 18 October.
In all six regional capitals, the turnout is below the national average. TO Bologna e Torino at 19 they had voted on 29,2 percent of those entitled. TO Roma little more: the 29,5. A Trieste participation was traveling at that hour at 29 net, while a Naples slightly exceeded 25 percent (25,4). Milano records a lower figure than the national one, but is in contrast with the other 5 capital cities of the Region because it exceeds (by very little) 30 percent (31).
Political leaders largely voted in the morning. Not everyone respected the rule of electoral silence: for the leader of Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi it’s almost a tradition, while Giorgia Meloni – but not at the polling station – he again wanted to intervene on the case of the investigation of FanPage on the “black lobby”. Others: they have addressed an appeal on social networks to participate, to avoid the risk of affirmation of the non-voting party. Enrico Letta posted the image of two fingers crossed: the secretary of the Democratic Party is also the only party leader directly involved in the vote: he is a candidate for suppletive in the college of Camera of Siena.
The president of the M5s Giuseppe Conte he urged everyone to vote, recalling that “voting is the most elementary and at the same time the most decisive gesture in the exercise of democratic rights”. According to the leader of the Brothers of Italy, “at a time when our freedoms and rights are being limited, voting is even more the highest democratic expression”. Berlusconi, after having voted in his Milanese seat, talked to reporters talking about Quirinale, of the federation of center right and hoping primary for the future selection of candidates for auditors. League secretary Matteo Salvini instead voted in the afternoon at the polling station in via Piero Martinetti, in the Gambara area of Milano. “I voted. I voted for change, for the future, for safety and for work, I voted to defend the Italians – he later wrote on facebook – Who does not vote, who does not choose, loses “.
“Voted! With a little bit of emotion ”, he writes Enrico Letta on Twitter. Adding the ‘crossed fingers’ emoticon. The secretary of the Democratic Party is also the only party leader directly involved in the vote: he is a candidate for suppletive in the college of Camera of Siena-Arezzo. “The vote is the gesture more basic at the same time more decisive exercise of democratic rights. We must do it with joy, aware that we are contributing to nourish our beautiful democracy in this way. the I just voted, do it too. Happy Sunday everyone! “, Wrote the former premier and current president of M5S on social media, Giuseppe Conte. He chose a Facebook post too Matteo Salvini: “We respond with a smile, with work, with ideas, with desire to unite, improve, change our beautiful Italy. We respond with the vote. Happy Sunday of change e freedom, Friends”.