Italian local elections, 2006

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A number of elections for the renewal of both municipal councils and mayors were held in Italy on May 28 and 29 2006. Notably, these election regarded the four biggest cities in the country, Rome, Milan, Naples and Turin. Other relevant cities where municipal elections were held included Cagliari, Varese, Novara, Ravenna, Rimini, Ancona, Siena, Salerno and Catanzaro.

Cities[edit]

Rome[edit]

Incumbent mayor Walter Veltroni, of The Union ran for a second mandate.

The House of Freedoms, which initially considered not to present a unique candidate, in fact proposed the unitary candidacy of Gianni Alemanno, prominent member of the National Alliance and Minister for Agriculture in the second Berlusconi cabinet; before that, both Mario Baccini of the UDC, Minister for Public Function in the Berlusconi cabinet, and Member of the European Parliament Alfredo Antoniozzi of Forza Italia considered the candidacy. There are also twelve other minor candidates.

Veltroni, member and former secretary of the Democrats of the Left, as well as former editor-in-chief of newspaper L'Unità, won the Mayor office in 2001, after having defeated Antonio Tajani of Forza Italia in the ballot round.

A majority of pollsters predicted an easy victory for Veltroni in the first electoral round. [1]

Milan[edit]

Since incumbent mayor Gabriele Albertini of the House of Freedoms completed his second mandate, as Italian law does not allow more than two consecutive mandates, his coalition had to nominate a different candidate, Letizia Moratti, currently Minister for School and University in the Berlusconi cabinet. She faced Bruno Ferrante of The Union, former city prefect, chosen after a primary election which saw also Nobel prize Dario Fo to compete in it. Some other candidates considered the candidacy, notably Ombretta Colli, former president of the Province of Milan.

Differently than Rome, the Milan election was thought to be characterized by a close race between the two main opponents. [2]

Naples[edit]

In the Campanian capital city, and largest city in Southern Italy, incumbent mayor Rosa Russo Jervolino of The Union competed for another mandate. She faced Franco Malvano of the House of Freedoms, as well as a number of minor competitors, of which Marco Rossi Doria was considered the most important one. Pollsters predicted Iervolino to be clearly first-placed in the election. [3]

Turin[edit]

Sergio Chiamparino, centre-left incumbent mayor elected in 2001, competed for another mandate. The centre-right mayoral candidate was Rocco Buttiglione, former Minister and MEP, as well as prominent member of the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats. Seven other minor candidates ran in the election.

Results[edit]

Rome[edit]

Summary of the 28–29 May 2006 municipal election results - Rome
2,600 poll stations
Candidates Supporting parties Votes %
Walter Veltroni (incumbent) The Union 921,491 61.44%
Gianni Alemanno House of Freedoms 556,176 37.08%
Rita Casillo Communist Initiative 5,826 0.39%
Luca Romagnoli Tricolour Flame 4,020 0.27%
David Gramiccioli Dolphin People's Movement 3,491 0.23%
Alessandra Sarti Magi National Social FrontNew Force 2,635 0.18%
Valentina Valenti Third Pole 2,573 0.17%
Roberto De Santis Ecologists 1,060 0.07%
Umberto Nardinocchi Active Democracy 1,027 0.07%
Marina Larena Humanist Party 691 0.05%
Maurizio Giorgetti Italian Dream 346 0.02%

Source: City of Rome

Milan[edit]

Summary of the 28–29 May 2006 municipal election results - Milan
1,253 poll stations
Candidates Supporting parties Votes %
Letizia Moratti House of Freedoms 353,410 51.97%
Bruno Ferrante The Union 319,487 46.98%
Giorgio Ballabio Your Milan 1,329 0.20%
Cesare Fracca Living Milan 1,220 0.18%
Gabriele Pagliuzzi Federal Europe – Liberal Right 1,187 0.17%
Ambrogio Crespi Socialists-Liberal Democrats – No ICI 1,086 0.16%
Valerio Colombo Humanist Party 752 0.11%
Alberto Beniamino Saibene This is a City 676 0.10%
Sante Gaiardoni Sante Gaiardoni List 523 0.08%
Pietro Vangeli Communist List 392 0.06%

Source: City of Milan, La Repubblica.it

Naples[edit]

Summary of the 28–29 May 2006 municipal election results - Naples
886 poll stations
Candidates Supporting parties Votes %
Rosa Russo Iervolino (incumbent) The Union 304,775 57.04%
Franco Malvano House of Freedoms 201,987 37.81%
Marco Rossi Doria Let's Decide Together 18,460 3.46%
Salvatore Lauro With Lauro for Naples 3,016 0.56%
Angelo Tramontano NPP – Liberal Democrats 2,411 0.45%
Mario Esposito Proletarian Internationalism – Union of the Lefts 2,087 0.39%
Luigi Sito Communist List 1,524 0.29%

Source: City of Naples

Turin[edit]

Summary of the 28–29 May 2006 municipal election results - Turin
919 poll stations
Candidates Supporting parties Votes %
Sergio Chiamparino (incumbent) The Union 307,913 66.59%
Rocco Buttiglione House of Freedoms 136,134 29.44%
Denis Stefano Martucci Tricolour FlameNo Euro – others 9,905 2.14%
Alessandro Lupi Several lists 4,245 0.91%
Paola Balestra Humanist Party 1,439 0.31%
Nicola Cassano Your Turin–Civic List 953 0.20%
Ezio Alessandro Susella Monarchist Alliance 779 0.16%
Carlo Gariglio Censored and Freedom 523 0.11%
Lorenzo Varaldo No EU 445 0.09%

Source: City of Turin

Other provincial capital cities[edit]

Cities where a centre-left candidate was elected as mayor are indicated with red; cities where a centre-right candidate was elected are indicated with blue, and cities where a second round is needed are indicated with gray.

City First placed Runner-up Incumbent
  Novara
held on June 4 and 5
Massimo Giordano (centre-right) 61.1% Augusto Ferrari (centre-left) 35.1% Massimo Giordano (centre-right)
  Lecco Antonella Faggi (centre-right) 53.5% Alfredo Marelli (centre-left) 39.4% Lorenzo Bodega (centre-right)
  Varese Attilio Fontana (centre-right) 57.8% Antonio Conte (centre-left) 35.9% Aldo Luigi Fumagalli (centre-right)
  Belluno Celeste Bortoluzzi (centre-right) 45.5% Ermano De Col (centre-left) 40.5% Ermano De Col (centre-left)
  Rovigo Paolo Avezzù (centre-right) 44.5% Fausto Merchiori (centre-left) 41.3% Paolo Avezzù (centre-right)
  Savona Federico Berruti (centre-left) 59.5% Fausto Merchiori (centre-right) 31.9% Carlo Ruggeri (centre-left)
  Ravenna Fabrizio Matteucci (centre-left) 68.9% Gianfranco Spadoni (Forza Italia) 22.1% Vidimer Mercatali (centre-left)
  Rimini Alberto Ravaioli (centre-left) 51.1% Alberto Bucci (centre-right) 40.2% Alberto Ravaioli (centre-left)
  Arezzo Giuseppe Fanfani (centre-left) 59.2% Rossella Angiolini (centre-right) 39.8% Luigi Lucherini (centre-right)
  Grosseto Emilio Bonifazi (centre-left) 51.8% Gabriele Bellettini (centre-right) 37.2% Alessandro Antichi (centre-right)
  Siena Maurizio Cenni (centre-left) 54.9% Pierluigi Piccini (local lists) 31.0% Maurizio Cenni (centre-left)
  Ancona Fabio Sturani (centre-left) 58.1% Paolo Pelosi (centre-right) 22.7% Fabio Sturani (centre-left)
  Fermo Saturnino Di Ruscio (centre-right) 56.1% Giuseppe Boundonno (centre-left) 43.9% Saturnino Di Ruscio (centre-right)
  Benevento Fausto Pepe (centre-left) 56.1% Sandro Nicola D'Alessandro (centre-right) 42.4% Sandro Nicola D'Alessandro (centre-right)
  Caserta Paolino Maddaloni (centre-right) 45.2% Nicodemo Petteruti (left-wing alliance) 27.5% Luigi Falco (centre-right)
  Salerno Vincenzo De Luca (local left-wing lists) 42.3% Alfonso Andria (centre-left) 37.1% Mario Pasquale De Biase (centre-left)
  Barletta Nicola Maffei (centre-left) 70.9% Carlo Dibello (centre-right) 20.1% Francesco Salerno (centre-left)
  Catanzaro Giuseppe Franco Cimino (UDEUR, IdV, local lists) 35.6% Rosario Olivo (centre-left) 35.2% Sergio Abramo (centre-right)
  Cosenza Salvatore Perugini (centre-left) 53.7% Giacomo Mancini (Rose in the Fist, PRC, local lists) 29.9% Eva Catizone (centre-left)
  Crotone Peppino Vallone (centre-left) 77.8% Salvatore Vincenzo Foti (centre-right) 20.9% Pasquale Senatore (centre-right)
  Cagliari
held on June 11 and 12
Emilio Floris (centre-right) 53.6% Gian Mario Selis (centre-left) 38.7% Emilio Floris (centre-right)
  Carbonia
held on June 11 and 12
Salvatore Cherchi (centre-left) 79.7% Alberto Zonchello (UDC, National Alliance) 9.6% Salvatore Cherchi (centre-left)

Source: La Repubblica.it

Second rounds[edit]

City First placed Runner-up Incumbent
  Belluno Celeste Bortoluzzi (centre-right) 53.7% Ermano De Col (centre-left) 46.3% Ermano De Col (centre-left)
  Rovigo Fausto Merchiori (centre-left) 50.03% Paolo Avezzù (centre-right) 49.97% Paolo Avezzù (centre-right)
  Caserta Nicodemo Petteruti (left-wing alliance) 53.2% Paolino Maddaloni (centre-right) 46.8% Luigi Falco (centre-right)
  Salerno Vincenzo De Luca (local left-wing lists) 56.9% Alfonso Andria (centre-left) 43.1% Mario Pasquale De Biase (centre-left)
  Catanzaro Rosario Olivo (centre-left) 50.8% Giuseppe Franco Cimino (UDEUR, IdV, local lists) 49.2% Sergio Abramo (centre-right)