Italian local elections, 2011

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Italian local elections, 2011
Italy
2010 ←
May 15–16 and 29-30 2011
→ 2012

1,177 city mayors and councils
and 9 provincial presidents and councils
  First party Second party
  Pier Luigi Bersani Silvio Berlusconi
Leader Pier Luigi Bersani Silvio Berlusconi
Party Democratic Party The People of Freedom
Leader since 25 October 2009 27 March 2009
Votes 701,935[1] 597,203[2]
Coalition Votes 963,117[3] 747,397[4]
Provinces 7 3
Comuni 83[5] 36[6]

The 2011 Italian local elections were held on 15–16 May, with a second round on 29–30 May. In Italy, direct elections were held in all 1,177 comuni and 11 provinces: in each comune were chosen mayor and members of the City Council, in each province were chosen president and members of the Provincial Council. Of the 1,177 comuni, 30 were capoluoghi and only 105 had a population higher than 15,000 inhabitants.

In Sicily the elections were held on 29–30 May, with a second round on 12–13 June.

Citizens living in Italy who were 18 or over on election day were entitled to vote in the local council elections. The deadline for voters to register to vote in the 15–16 May elections was midday on Saturday 15 April 2011.

Voting System[edit]

The voting system is used for all mayoral elections in Italy, in the city with a population higher than 15,000. Under this system voters express a direct choice for the mayor or an indirect choice voting for the party of the candidate's coalition. If no candidate receives at least 50% of votes, the top two candidates go to a second round after two weeks. This gives a result whereby the winning candidate may be able to claim majority support, although it is not guaranteed.

The election of the City Council is based on a direct choice for the candidate with a preference vote: the candidate with the majority of the preferences is elected. The number of the seats for each party is determined proportionally.

Background[edit]

Results[edit]

Total voter turnout for the Municiapal election on the first round was of 68.6%, on the second was of 60.1%; for the Provincial election on the first round the total tornout was of 59.6%, on the second was of 45.2%.

Party votes[edit]

Party votes in 29 capoluoghi:

Party Votes %
Democratic Party 701,935 26.2
The People of Freedom 597,203 22.8
Lega Nord 150,194 5.6
Left Ecology Freedom 131,219 4.6
Union of the Centre 121,103 4.2
Italy of Values 113,217 4.0
Five Star Movement 100,998 3.8
Totals
with others
2,840,585 100

Provinces[edit]

Only 11 provinces were up for election. The elections was for a new provincial president and members of the Provincial Council. Below the results of each candidate and coalition on the first and second round.

Province Center-left % Center-right %
Vercelli 32.95 - 49.09 49.01 - 50.91
Mantua 41.81 - 58.27 41.09 - 42.73
Pavia 33.82 - 51.20 44.12 - 48.80
Treviso 32.87 57.46
Ravenna 62.06 26.69
Lucca 54.93 40.99
Macerata 43.11 - 54.55 42.76 - 45.45
Campobasso 30.89 54.26
Reggio Calabria 26.58 - 47.33 45.41 - 52.67

City councils[edit]

City PD PdL LN SEL IdV UDC M5S Others
Turin 16 7 3 2 2 1 1 4
Novara 16 6 4 3 0 0 0 0
Milan 20 11 4 3 1 0 0 6
Varese 6 10 9 1 0 1 0 1
Rovigo 7 11 5 0 0 0 1 3
Trieste 15 6 0 3 2 0 0 6
Pordenone 22 6 3 0 0 0 0 5
Savona 10 6 1 1 1 2 1 7
Bologna 17 6 3 4 1 0 2 0
Ravenna 15 4 2 1 1 0 2 4
Rimini 16 7 1 0 1 0 2 2
Arezzo 16 6 1 1 1 0 1 1
Grosseto 12 5 0 1 1 2 0 7
Siena 15 5 0 1 1 1 0 7
Fermo 11 5 0 2 1 2 0 7
Latina 8 11 0 0 1 2 0 9
Naples 4 7 0 0 15 1 0 18
Salerno 10 4 0 1 0 1 0 14
Benevento 10 2 0 0 1 2 0 15
Caserta 3 8 0 0 0 3 0 15
Barletta 10 6 0 2 2 0 0 10
Catanzaro 1 4 0 1 0 2 0 23
Cosenza 2 4 0 1 1 5 0 16
Crotone 9 2 0 3 3 1 0 13
Reggio Calabria 3 8 0 0 0 3 0 18
Ragusa 5 5 0 0 2 3 0 15
Cagliari 13 5 0 5 2 2 0 11
Olbia 8 11 0 1 2 1 0 16
Iglesias 18 5 0 2 0 4 0 8

Mayoral election[edit]

Major cities[edit]

Milan[edit]

Milan: supporters of center-left candidate Giuliano Pisapia celebrating his election on 30 May 2011.

The election took place in two rounds: the first on May 15–16 and the second on May 29–30.

The main candidates were the incumbent mayor Letizia Moratti, from Silvio Berlusconi's party People of Freedom, and the lawyer Giuliano Pisapia. Pisapia was chosen as the candidate for the center-left coalition on November 14, 2010 with the coalition primary elections.[7] On the contrary Letizia Moratti was confirmed by her party as the official candidate.

Letizia Moratti was supported by a big center-right coalition, composed by People of Freedom, Lega Nord and some 9 civic lists. Giuliano Pisapia was supported by Democratic Party, Left Ecology Freedom, Italy of Values, Communist Refoundation Party, Italian Radicals, Greens and some civic lists.

Pisapia won the second round and became the first elected mayor of Milan from a left-wing party. The candidate of Beppe Grillo's party Five Star Movement, Mattia Calise, who was only 20 years old, obtained near the 3.5% of the votes.


Milan Mayoral Election Results 2011 [8]
Name Party 1st Round
(May 15–16)
 % 2nd Round
(May 29–30)
 %
Giuliano Pisapia Left Ecology Freedom 315,862 48.0 365,657 55.1
Letizia Moratti People of Freedom 273,401 41.6 297,874 44.9
Manfredi Palmeri New Pole for Italy 36,471 5.54
Mattia Calise Five Star Movement 21,228 3.43

Turin[edit]

The election took place on 15–16 May.

The main candidates were the Michele Coppola, from Silvio Berlusconi's party People of Freedom, and the Piero Fassino, from Democratic Party. Fassino was chosen as the candidate for the center-left coalition on 26 February 2011 with the coalition primary elections.[9]

Michele Coppola was supported by a big center-right coalition, composed by People of Freedom, Lega Nord, The Right – Tricolour Flame and some civic lists. Piero Fassino was supported by Democratic Party, Left Ecology Freedom, Italy of Values and some civic lists.

Turin Mayoral Election Results 2011
Name Party 1st Round
(15–16 May)

 %
Piero Fassino Democratic Party 255,242 56.66
Michele Coppola People of Freedom 122,981 27.30

Bologna[edit]

The election took place on May 15–16, 2011.

The election took place before the end of the legislature because the incumbent mayor Flavio Delbono, who was investigated because of Cinziagate scandal, resigned.

For 15 months, Bologna was governed by a special commissioner (Anna Maria Cancellieri) and became the first city of Italy to be governed by a commissioner for so long time.

On May 16, Virginio Merola, from Democratic Party, won the election on the first round and defeating the candidate of Lega Nord Manes Bernardini. The turnout was only the 71%, a decrease compared to 2009 and 2004 elections. Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement received nearly the 10% of the votes.

Bologna Mayoral Election Results 2011
Name Party 1st Round
(May 15–16)
 %
Virginio Merola Democratic Party 106,070 50.46
Manes Bernardini Lega Nord 63,799 30.35

Naples[edit]

The election took place in two rounds: the first on May 15–16 and the second on May 29–30.

The main candidates were the entrepreneur Gianni Lettieri, from Silvio Berlusconi's party People of Freedom, the prefect Mario Morcone, from Democratic Party, and the magisrate Luigi De Magistris of Italy of Values.

In March 2011, Morcone was chosen as the candidate center-left coalition with the coalition primary elections. However, De Magistris decided to run without the support of the center-left coalition; he was supported by his party, Communist Refoundation Party and some civic lists.

On the first round Lettieri was ahead with the 37% of the votes, but on the second round De Magistris won the election with the 65% of the votes.

In these election Democratic Party obtained the worst result since 1993, People of Freedom failed once again to conquer the city and De Magistris became the first elected mayor of Naples from a left-wing party.

Naples Mayoral Election Results 2011[10]
Name Party 1st Round
(May 15–16)

 % 2nd Round
(May 29–30)

 %
Luigi De Magistris Italy of Values 128,303 27.52 264,730 65.37
Gianni Lettieri People of Freedom 179,575 38.52 140,203 34.62
Mario Morcone Democratic Party 89,280 19.15 - -

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Only capoluoghi.
  2. ^ Only capoluoghi.
  3. ^ Only capoluoghi.
  4. ^ Only capoluoghi.
  5. ^ Only comuni with a population higher than 15,000 inhabitans.
  6. ^ Only comuni with a population higher than 15,000 inhabitans.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ [4] Italian Ministry of the Interior - 2011.