Italian referendums, 1978

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A double referendum was held in Italy on 11 June 1978.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of the repealing of laws on political party financing and public order.[2] Both proposals were rejected.[2]

Party funding referendum[edit]

The party funding Piccoli Law was the subject of one question. The new law was passed by the Parliament in 1974, establishing public funding of the parliamentary parties in an attempt to stop the funding of parties big industrial groups and interests. The referendum was called by the Radical Party and was supported by Proletarian Democracy and the Italian Socialist Party, whilst the remainder of the political spectrum were against its abolishment.

Results[edit]

Choice Votes %
For repealing the law 7,400,619 23.5
Against repealing the law 24,038,806 76.5
Invalid/blank votes 2,078,312
Total 33,488,690 100
Registered voters/turnout 42,248,657 81.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

The referendum was rejected by the Italian electors, but the percentage was considerably smaller than the expected result considering the parliamentary positions.

Police powers referendum[edit]

The other question concerned the Reale Law, which had been approved by the Parliament in 1975 and defined the powers and engagement of the Italian police during riots or simple street protests. The referendum was called by the Radical Party and supported by two extreme opposition parties, the Italian Social Movement on the right side, and Proletarian Democracy on the left, together with the Italian Liberal Party, while all other parties, including the Italian Communist Party, supported retaining the law.

Results[edit]

Choice Votes %
For repealing the law 13,691,900 43.6
Against repealing the law 17,718,478 56.4
Invalid/blank votes 2,050,263
Total 33,488,690 100
Registered voters/turnout 42,248,657 81.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

The referendum was rejected by the Italian electors, following the positions of all the parties of the so-called Constitutional Arch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1048 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1056