2006 Italian Chamber of Deputies election, North and Central American division

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The 2006 Italian general election was the first in the country's history in which Italian and dual citizens living outside the country could vote by postal ballot in international electoral districts.[1] Twelve members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and six members of the Italian Senate were elected in this way.

Italian and dual citizens in North America and Central America (including the Caribbean) elected two members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. The winning candidates were Gino Bucchino of Romano Prodi's election coalition, The Union, and Salvatore Ferrigno of Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party.[2]

The process[edit]

All electors could vote for a political list and also cast a first preference vote for a specific candidate. Parties were allotted seats via proportional representation, and the candidates that led the electoral slates that won seats were declared elected.

The parties[edit]

Seven electoral lists contested the North and Central American Senate division. The same lists also fielded candidates for the Chamber of Deputies and North and Central America.

Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing Forza Italia party ran its own slate. Two other parties aligned with Berlusconi's government ran separate lists: the moderate conservative Union of Christian and Centre Democrats and Mirko Tremaglia's right-wing For Italy in the World, which was specifically focused on diaspora issues. (Another party in Berlusconi's coalition, the Northern League, also appeared on the ballot, although this seems to have been due to a technical error).

The main opposition group from the previous parliament, Romano Prodi's centre-left Union party, ran a united slate. One of the Union candidates noted that the state of the party lists favoured his group's chances of election.[3]

The centrist Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad also fielded a list, as did the far-right Tricolour Flame party.

Each of the party lists comprised four candidates, except for the Northern League, which fielded three, and the Tricolour Flame, which fielded two.

The results[edit]

Romano Prodi's Union received the most votes and won the first seat. Forza Italia finished second and was awarded the second seat.

Detailed results by country[edit]

More than 93 per cent of the total votes were cast in the United States of America or Canada. Forza Italia won a narrow victory in America, while the Union won a significant victory in Canada.

Antigua and Barbuda[edit]

Party Votes %
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 0 0.00
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 0 0.00
   Forza Italia 0 0.00
   The Union 0 0.00
   Tricolour Flame 0 0.00
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 0 0.00
   Northern League 0 0.00
Total valid votes 0 0.00

Bahamas[edit]

Party Votes %
   Forza Italia 23 53.49
   The Union 12 27.91
   Northern League 2 4.65
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 2 4.65
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 2 4.65
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 2 4.65
   Tricolour Flame 0 0.00
Total valid votes 43 0.05

Barbados[edit]

Party Votes %
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 0 0.00
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 0 0.00
   Forza Italia 0 0.00
   The Union 0 0.00
   Tricolour Flame 0 0.00
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 0 0.00
   Northern League 0 0.00
Total valid votes 0 0.00

Belize[edit]

Party Votes %
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 0 0.00
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 0 0.00
   Forza Italia 0 0.00
   The Union 0 0.00
   Tricolour Flame 0 0.00
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 0 0.00
   Northern League 0 0.00
Total valid votes 0 0.00

Canada[edit]

Party Votes %
   The Union 17,099 48.21
   Forza Italia 8,802 24.82
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 4,293 12.10
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 3,751 10.58
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 761 2.15
   Northern League 499 1.41
   Tricolour Flame 264 0.74
Total valid votes 35,469 40.53

Costa Rica[edit]

Party Votes %
   Forza Italia 328 39.95
   The Union 239 29.11
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 75 9.14
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 65 7.92
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 48 5.85
   Tricolour Flame 48 5.85
   Northern League 18 2.19
Total valid votes 821 0.94

Dominican Republic[edit]

Party Votes %
   Forza Italia 474 24.25
   The Union 308 37.32
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 256 20.16
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 86 6.77
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 43 3.39
   Tricolour Flame 53 4.17
   Northern League 50 3.94
Total valid votes 1,270 1.45

El Salvador[edit]

Party Votes %
   Forza Italia 168 48.98
   The Union 89 25.95
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 30 8.75
   Tricolour Flame 24 7.00
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 16 4.66
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 14 4.08
   Northern League 2 0.58
Total valid votes 343 0.39

Grenada[edit]

Party Votes %
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 0 0.00
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 0 0.00
   Forza Italia 0 0.00
   The Union 0 0.00
   Tricolour Flame 0 0.00
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 0 0.00
   Northern League 0 0.00
Total valid votes 0 0.00

Guatemala[edit]

Party Votes %
   Forza Italia 462 53.66
   The Union 202 23.46
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 60 6.97
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 48 5.57
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 45 5.23
   Northern League 22 2.56
   Tricolour Flame 22 2.56
Total valid votes 861 0.98

Haiti[edit]

Party Votes %
   The Union 9 50.00
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 7 38.89
   Forza Italia 1 5.56
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 1 5.56
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 0 0.00
   Tricolour Flame 0 0.00
   Northern League 0 0.00
Total valid votes 18 0.02

Honduras[edit]

Party Votes %
   Forza Italia 55 48.25
   The Union 22 19.30
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 9 7.89
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 9 7.89
   Tricolour Flame 8 7.02
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 7 6.14
   Northern League 4 3.51
Total valid votes 114 0.13

Mexico[edit]

Party Votes %
   The Union 734 37.76
   Forza Italia 573 29.48
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 192 9.88
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 178 9.16
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 145 7.46
   Northern League 68 3.50
   Tricolour Flame 54 2.78
Total valid votes 1,944 2.22

Nicaragua[edit]

Party Votes %
   The Union 88 46.07
   Forza Italia 58 30.37
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 18 9.42
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 17 8.90
   Tricolour Flame 8 4.19
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 2 1.05
   Northern League 0 0.00
Total valid votes 191 0.22

Panama[edit]

Party Votes %
   Forza Italia 94 46.08
   The Union 54 26.47
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 35 17.16
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 8 3.92
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 6 2.94
   Tricolour Flame 6 2.94
   Northern League 1 0.49
Total valid votes 204 0.23

United States of America[edit]

Party Votes %
   Forza Italia 15,805 34.19
   The Union 15,025 32.50
   For Italy in the World with Tremaglia 6,542 14.15
   Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 4,758 10.29
   Independent Alternative for Italians Abroad 2,592 5.61
   Northern League 795 1.72
   Tricolour Flame 710 1.54
Total valid votes 46,227 52.83

Source: ARCHIVIO STORICO DELLE ELEZIONI - Consultazione dati: Camera 09/04/2006, Area ESTERO, Ripartizione AMERICA SETTENTRIONALE E CENTRALE, Ministerio dell'Interno, Government of Italy, accessed 27 July 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chicago-Area Businessman Runs For Italian Senate," Italian Voice, 23 February 2006, p. 5; Mike Roberts, "Rocco's Roman empire," CanWest News, 28 February 2006, p. 1.
  2. ^ Peter Goodspeed, "Torontonian wins seat in Rome," National Post, 12 April 2006, A14.
  3. ^ Mike Roberts, "Rocco's Roman empire," CanWest News, 28 February 2006, p. 1.