Italian Senate election in Lombardy, 2006
Lombardy renewed its delegation to the Italian Senate on April 9, 2006. This election was a part of national Italian general election of 2006 even if, according to the Italian Constitution, every senatorial challenge in each Region is a single and independent race.
Differently from the national result, the election was won by the centre-right coalition of the House of Freedoms. Forza Italia was the largest party in the election with 28%, ahead of the Democrats of the Left (12%) and Lega Nord (11%). Eleven provinces gave a majority or a plurality to Silvio Berlusconi's alliance, while voters of the Province of Mantua supported the new Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi.
Silvio Berlusconi's House of Freedoms arrived to this election after a series of bad results. Forza Italia had lost 5 points at regional level during the 2004 European election, while the Province of Milan shifted to the left in the same occasion. 2005 regional election had confirmed rightist Regional President Roberto Formigoni, but its coalition lost more than 8 points.
On the other side, in 2005 Romano Prodi had launched his new larger coalition, The Union, merging in a single alliance quite all oppositions to Berlusconi's majority: The Olive Tree, the Communist Refoundation Party and Antonio Di Pietro's Italy of Values, which in Lombardy were joined by the Lombard Autonomy League.
The new electoral law for the Senate was established in 2005 by the Calderoli Law, and it is a form of semi-proportional representation. A party presents its own closed list and it can join other parties in alliances. The coalition which receives a plurality automatically wins at least 26 seats. Respecting this condition, seats are divided between coalitions, and subsequently to party lists, using the largest remainder method with a Hare quota. To receive seats, a party must overcome the barrage of 8% of the vote if it contests a single race, or of 3% of the vote if it runs in alliance.
|Coalitions leaders||votes||votes (%)||seats||Parties||votes||votes (%)||seats||change|
|Silvio Berlusconi||3,342,468||57.0||27||Forza Italia||1,623,745||27.7||14||-1|
|Union of Christian and Centre Democrats||343,269||5.9||3||+2|
|Romano Prodi||2,501,467||42.6||20||Democrats of the Left||726,105||12.4||7||+3|
|Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy||588,856||10.0||6||+2|
|Communist Refoundation Party||407,939||7.0||4||+3|
|Together with the Union||588,856||4.8||3||=|
|Italy of Values||150,116||2.6||-||-1|
|Rose in the Fist||128,849||2.2||-||-|
|Total coalitions||5,869,128||100.0||47||Total parties||5,869,128||100.0||47||=|
Source: Ministry of the Interior
Lombard delegation to Senate
- Roberto Formigoni
- Obliged to resign on July 12. Substituted by Antonio Del Pennino.
- Guido Possa
- Ombretta Colli
- Gianfranco Rotondi
- Gianpiero Carlo Cantoni
- Marcello Dell'Utri
- Antonio Tomassini
- Nitto Francesco Palma
- Luigi Scotti
- Romano Comincioli
- Luigi Grillo
- Enrico Pianetta
- Valerio Carrara
- Egidio Sterpa
Democrats of the Left
- Gerardo D'Ambrosio
- Fiorenza Bassoli
- Furio Colombo
- Carlo Fontana
- Paolo Bodini
- Guido Galardi
- Giorgio Roilo
Communist Refoundation Party
Union of Christian and Centre Democrats
Together with the Union
Source: Italian Senate
- According to article 122 of Italian Constitution, nobody can be both member of Parliament and member of a Regional Council. Despite this constitutional provision, ordinary law allows three months of contemporary membership.