Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol provincial elections, 2008

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The Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol provincial elections of 2008 took place on 26 October 2008 in South Tyrol and on 9 November in the Trentino. It was the first time since 1946 that elections were not held on the same day.

The Trentino election was postponed as the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats's list (which would have supported Lorenzo Dellai) was excluded from the race due to lack of signatures.[1][2]

Trentino[edit]

In Trentino, where the President is elected directly by the people, incumbent Lorenzo Dellai (Union for Trentino, supported also by the Democratic Party, the Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party, the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats,[3] the Greens and Democrats of Trentino, Loyal to Trentino, Italy of Values, and the Ladin Autonomist Union) defeated Sergio Divina (Lega Nord Trentino, supported also by The People of Freedom, Divina Civic List, Popular Autonomists, United Valleys, Fassa Association, Pensioners' Party, The Right, Tricolour Flame and other minor parties) by a landslide.

The Democratic Party (PD) became the largest party in the Province, followed by Union for Trentino (UpT) and Lega Nord Trentino (LNT). The People of Freedom (PdL) lost many votes to LNT, UPT and the Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party (PATT). In fact both UpT and PATT were centrist parties, running strong campaigns at the provincial level.

Candidates and parties votes votes (%) seats
Lorenzo Dellai 165,043 57.0 20+1
Democratic Party 59,218 21.6 8
Union for Trentino 49,077 17.9 6
Trentino Tyrolean Autonomist Party 23,335 8.5 3
Greens and Democrats of Trentino 7,579 2.8 1
Italy of Values 7,474 2.7 1
Loyal to Trentino 6,435 2.4 -
Ladin Autonomist Union 3,205 1.2 1
Sergio Divina 105,692 36.5 12+1
Lega Nord Trentino 38,533 14.7 6
The People of Freedom 33,597 12.3 5
Divina Civic List 11,831 4.3 1
United Valleys 5,846 2.1 -
Pensioners' Party 3,597 1.3 -
others 7,142 2.6 -
Nerio Giovanazzi 8,399 2.9 0+1
Administer Trentino 4,429 1.6 -
Youth for Trentino 2,716 1.0 -
Remo Andreolli 5,653 2.0 -
Democrats for Trentino 5,653 2.0 -
Agostino Catalano 3,354 1.2 -
Communist Refoundation PartySD 3,190 1.2 -
Others 1,447 0.5 -
Total 289,588 100.0 35

Source: Province of Trento

South Tyrol[edit]

In South Tyrol the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP), which had governed the Province for sixty years, was confirmed by far as the largest party, but lost many votes to Die Freiheitlichen. Also South Tyrolean Freedom (a splinter group from Union for South Tyrol) and Lega Nord Alto Adige/Südtirol (LNST) made gains, while The People of Freedom (PdL), the Democratic Party (PD) and the Greens all lost votes and seats.

After the election President Luis Durnwalder proposed a coalition composed of SVP, PD and LNST,[4] but finally sticked to the SVP–PD alliance.

Parties votes votes (%) seats
South Tyrolean People's Party 146,545 48.1 18
Die Freiheitlichen 43,614 14.3 5
The People of Freedom 25,294 8.3 3
Democratic Party 18,139 6.0 2
Greens 17,743 5.8 2
South Tyrolean Freedom 14,888 4.9 2
Union for South Tyrol 7,048 2.3 1
Lega Nord Alto Adige/Südtirol 6,411 2.1 1
Unitalia 5,688 1.9 1
Italy of Values 5,009 1.6 -
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 3,792 1.2 -
Citizens' Movement 3,662 1.2 -
Ladins Political Movement 3,334 1.1 -
Communist Refoundation PartyPSSD 2,226 0.7 -
Party of Italian Communists 1,262 0.4 -
Total 304,615 100.0 35

Source: Province of Bolzano

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