2004 Sardinian regional election

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2004 Sardinian regional election

← 1999 12–13 June 2004 2009 →

All 85 seats to the Regional Council of Sardinia
Turnout71.2% (Increase4.9%)
  Majority party Minority party
  Renato Soru.jpg Mauro Pili daticamera.jpg
Candidate Renato Soru Mauro Pili
Party Democrats of the Left Forza Italia
Alliance The Olive Tree House of Freedoms
Seats won 51 30
Seat change Increase 14 Decrease 7
Popular vote 487,692 394,271
Percentage 50.1% 40.5%
Swing Increase 19.6% Decrease 7.6%

President before election

Italo Masala
National Alliance

Elected President

Renato Soru
Democrats of the Left

The Sardinian regional election of 2004 took place on 12–13 June 2004.

The center-left businessman Renato Soru was elected President of the Region defeating Mauro Pili, who won the 1999 election but served as President just for two years between 2001 and 2003.

New electoral system[edit]

Because of the political imbalances created by the previous electoral system, which potentially allowed the election of a candidate to the presidency without giving him a majority in the Regional Council as it happened after the 1999 election, in 2003 Sardinia adopted a new electoral law.

The new electoral system was the national Tatarella Law of 1995, used by most of Italian regions to elect their Council. Sixty-four councillors were elected in provincial constituencies by proportional representation using the largest remainder method with a Droop quota and open lists; remained seats and votes were grouped at regional level where a Hare quota is used, and then distributed to provincial party lists.

Nine councillors were elected at-large using a general ticket: parties were grouped in alliances, and the alliance which received a plurality of votes elected all its candidates, its leader becoming the President of Sardinia. A possible second round election between the two main candidates was abolished.

Council apportionment[edit]

According to the official 2001 Italian census, the 64 Council seats which must be covered by proportional representation were so distributed between Sardinian provinces.

 CA   CI   MC   NU   OG   OT   OR   SS  total
21 5 4 7 2 5 7 13 64

It must be underlined that this allocation is not fixed. Remained seats and votes after proportional distribution, are all grouped at regional level and divided by party lists.

Results[edit]

12–13 June 2004 Sardinian regional election results
Sardinia Regional Council 2004.svg
Candidate Regional lists Provincial lists Total
votes % seats Party votes % seats group
Renato Soru 487,692 50.16 8 Democrats of the Left 112,757 13.28 13 51
Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy 95,256 10.90 10
Sardinia Project 66,690 7.85 7
Communist Refoundation Party 35,142 4.14 5
Italian Democratic Socialists 32,245 3.80 3
Union of Democrats for Europe 22,610 2.66 3
Party of Italian Communists 16,010 1.88 1
Italy of Values 8,588 1.01 1
Federation of the Greens 7,048 0.83 0
Mauro Pili 394,271 40.53 1 Forza Italia 128,563 15.13 10 30
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats 88,179 10.39 7
National Alliance 63,001 7.42 5
Sardinian Reformers 50,953 6.00 4
Fortza Paris 39,086 4.49 3
New Italian Socialist Party 8,965 1.06 0
Giacomo Sanna 36,720 3.72 - Sardinian Action Party 32,859 3.87 2 2
Sardinia Nation 5,031 0.59 0
Mario Floris 35,460 3.64 - Sardinian Democratic Union & allies 37,356 4.39 2 2
Gavino Sale 18,638 1.95 - Independence Republic of Sardinia 9,724 1.36 0 -
Total candidates 972,981 100.00 9 Total parties 849,004 100.00 76 85

Source: Regional Council of Sardinia