Italian Senate election in Lombardy, 2001

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Italian Senate election in Lombardy, 2001
Lombardy
1996 ←
May 13, 2001
→ 2006

All 47 Lombard seats in the Italian Senate
  Majority party Minority party
  Silvio Berlusconi.jpg Rutelli per wikipedia.jpg
Leader Silvio Berlusconi Francesco Rutelli
Party Forza Italia The Daisy
Alliance House of Freedoms The Olive Tree
Last election 27 seats, 57.2%
as PPL and LN
19 seats, 34.2%
Seats won 33 11
Seat change +6 -7
Popular vote 2,557,622 1,924,113
Percentage 44.8% 33.7%
Swing -12.4% -0.5%

Majority before election

House of Freedoms

New Majority

House of Freedoms

Lombardy renewed its delegation to the Italian Senate on May 13, 2001. This election was a part of national Italian general election of 2001 even if, according to the Italian Constitution, every senatorial challenge in each Region is a single and independent race.

The election was won by the centre-right coalition called House of Freedoms, as it happened at the national level. The House was a new alliance formed for Lombard regional election of 2000 between political giants Pole of Freedoms and Lega Nord. All provinces gave a majority or a plurality to the new Italian Prime Minister.

Background[edit]

Silvio Berlusconi was the largely predicted winner of this election. He had a complete victory during the 1999 European election and, more, he strengthened his position with the alliance between his Pole of Freedoms and his former rivals of Umberto Bossi's Lega Nord, forming the House of Freedoms for the 2000 regional election which gave him a landslide. In this context, the majoritarian system was ensuring him a literal triumph in Lombardy.

On the other side, The Olive Tree was coming from five years of troubled government, with three different Prime Ministers, and divisions between member parties obliged to give a nomination to a fourth man, Francesco Rutelli.

Electoral system[edit]

The intricate electoral system introduced in 1993, called Mattarella Law, provided 75% of the seats in the Senate as elected by first-past-the-post system, whereas the remaining 25% was assigned by a special proportional method that actually assigned the remaining seats to minority parties.

Formally this was an example of Additional member system.

Results[edit]

e • d 
Coalitions votes votes (%) seats Parties seats change
House of Freedoms 2,557,622 44.8 33 Forza Italia 15 +5
Lega Nord 9 -2
National Alliance 7 +2
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 1 +1
Italian Republican Party 1 =
The Olive Tree 1,924,113 33.7 11 Democrats of the Left 4 -8
Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy 4 -1
Federation of the Greens 2 =
Party of Italian Communists 1 +1
Lombard Autonomy League 308,559 5.4 1 Lombard Autonomy League 1 +1
Communist Refoundation Party 279,152 4.9 1 Communist Refoundation Party 1 =
Italy of Values 180,828 3.2 1 Italy of Values 1 +1
Others 459,023 8.0 - Others - -
Total coalitions 5,709,297 100.0 47 Total parties 47 =

Sources: Italian Senate

Constituencies[edit]

e • d 
Constituency Winner Alliance Party Votes % Losers
1 Milan Central Marcello Dell'Utri Forza Italia 46.1% A. Onofrio (Olive) 30.1%
2 Milan East Gianpiero Cantoni Forza Italia 49.2% G. Malagoli (Olive) 33.9%
3 Milan West Riccardo De Corato National Alliance 51.2% F. Besostri (Olive) 33.2%
4 Milan South Raffaele Iannuzzi Forza Italia 46.3% A. Duva (Olive) 34.0%
5 Milan North Sergio Travaglia Forza Italia 44.0% Gianfranco Pagliarulo (Olive) 35.9%
Luigi Malabarba (PRC) 6.8%
6 Sesto San Giovanni Antonio Del Pennino Italian Republican Party 42.9% Antonio Pizzinato (Olive) 38.7%
7 Lodi Romano Comincioli Forza Italia 43.5% Gianni Piatti (Olive) 36.2%
8 Rozzano Antonino Caruso National Alliance 46.2% Ornella Piloni (Olive) 36.0%
9 Abbiategrasso Francesco Servello National Alliance 46.4% G. Mainini (Olive) 33.0%
10 Rho Giuseppe Valditara National Alliance 44.2% Roberto Biscardini (Olive) 35.3%
11 Bollate Cesarino Monti Lega Nord 44.5% A. Pollio (Olive) 35.3%
12 Cinisello Balsamo Alberto Zorzoli Forza Italia 41.5% Patrizia Toia (Olive) 40.6%
13 Seregno Enrico Rizzi Forza Italia 49.4% L. Mariani (Olive) 29.6%
14 Monza Alfredo Mantica National Alliance 46.1% Emanuela Baio (Olive) 35.4%
15 Melzo Luigi Scotti Forza Italia 41.5% Loris Maconi (Olive) 38.4%
16 Cologno Monzese Enrico Pianetta Forza Italia 44.8% Natale Ripamonti (Olive) 36.4%
17 Varese Piero Pellicini National Alliance 45.8% M. Marzaro (Olive) 31.1%
18 Gallarate Luigi Peruzzotti Lega Nord 46.9% M. Ampollini (Olive) 30.4%
19 Busto Arsizio Antonio Tomassini Forza Italia 46.6% G. Canziani (Olive) 29.7%
20 Como Celestino Pedrazzini Lega Nord 48.4% A. Rinaldi (Olive) 29.5%
21 Cantù Graziano Maffioli Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 45.7% G. Ballabio (Olive) 31.0%
22 Brescia Paolo Guzzanti Forza Italia 42.8% Pierluigi Petrini (Olive) 37.0%
23 Lumezzane Guglielmo Castagnetti Forza Italia 41.8% A. Bonomelli (Olive) 33.6%
24 Desenzano del Garda Francesco Tirelli Lega Nord 44.8% A. Zanelli (Olive) 32.5%
25 Chiari Sergio Agoni Lega Nord 45.7% D. Buizza (Olive) 30.6%
26 Suzzara Franco Danieli Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy 38.6% M. Pini (House) 37.5%
27 Mantova Anna Donati Federation of the Greens 42.1% F. Scopelliti (House) 38.3%
28 Cremona Lamberto Grillotti National Alliance 41.8% A. Rescaglio (Olive) 35.0%
29 Pavia Luigi Fabbri Forza Italia 44.8% T. Montagna (Olive) 34.9%
30 Vigevano Domenico Contestabile Forza Italia 47.4% M. Donato (Olive) 32.2%
31 Bergamo Vittorio Pessina Forza Italia 40.8% G. Zilio (Olive) 33.7%
32 Albino Roberto Calderoli Lega Nord 44.2% D. Carminati (Olive) 28.8%
Elidio De Paoli (Lombard Autonomy League) 11.5%
Valerio Carrara (Italy of Values) 4.7%
33 Treviglio Ettore Pirovano Lega Nord 43.6% C. Bonfichi (Olive) 28.4%
34 Sondrio Fiorello Provera Lega Nord 52.1% E. Dioli (Olive) 28.0%
35 Lecco Roberto Castelli Lega Nord 41.7% I. Bruseghini (Olive) 35.2%

Additional senators[edit]

  • The Olive Tree
  1. Patrizia Toia (Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy, 40.6%)[1]
  2. Antonio Pizzinato (Democrats of the Left, 38.7%)
  3. Loris Maconi (Democrats of the Left, 38.4%)
  4. Pierluigi Petrini (Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy, 37.0%)
  5. Natale Ripamonti (Federation of the Greens, 36.4%)
  6. Gianni Piatti (Democrats of the Left, 36.2%)
  7. Ornella Piloni (Democrats of the Left, 36.0%)
  8. Gianfranco Pagliarulo (Party of Italian Communists, 35.9%)
  9. Emanuela Baio (Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy, 35.4%)
  • Autonomous Lombard Alliance
  1. Elidio De Paoli (Lombard Autonomy League, 11.5%)
  • Communist Refoundation Party
  1. Luigi Malabarba (Communist Refoundation Party, 6.8%)
  • Italy of Values
  1. Valerio Carrara (Italy of Values, 4.7%)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ She resigned in 2004 when she became MEP. She was then substituted by Roberto Biscardini (SDI).