Italian local elections, 2012

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The 2012 Italian local elections were held on 6–7 May, with a second round on 20–21 May. In Italy, direct elections were held in 948 comuni: in each comune were chosen mayor and members of the City Council. Of the 948 comuni, 28 were capoluoghi and only 176 had a population higher than 15,000 inhabitants (10,000 for Sicily).

Citizens living in Italy who were 18 or over on election day were entitled to vote in the local council elections. The deadline for voters to register to vote in the 6–7 May elections was midday on Tuesday 3 April 2012.

For the first time there weren't provincial elections around Italy because they were abolished by the Law n.3660 of 4 December 2011. Instead of a president, the provincial government would be entrusted to a Special Commissioner.

Other elections were taken on 10–11 June with a second round on 24–25 June in 65 comuni of Sardinia: important cities like Alghero and Oristano chose their mayors and councils.

Total voter turnout on the first round was of 66.9%, lower than that of 2007; 667 municipalities in the first round had a mayor elected (except Sicily).

Voting System[edit]

All mayoral elections in Italy in cities with a population higher than 15,000 use the same voting system. Under this system voters express a direct choice for the mayor or an indirect choice voting for the party of the candidate's coalition. If no candidate receives at least 50% of votes, the top two candidates go to a second round after two weeks. This gives a result whereby the winning candidate may be able to claim majority support, although it is not guaranteed.

The election of the City Council is based on a direct choice for the candidate with a preference vote: the candidate with the majority of the preferences is elected. The number of the seats for each party is determined proportionally.

Results[edit]

Majority of each coalition in 142 comuni which have a population higher than 15,000 inhabitants:

Party Political leaning of party Comuni
Centre-left coalition Centre-left 82
Centre-right coalition Centre-right 29
Five Star Movement Big tent[1] 2
Independents and others none 29

Party votes[edit]

Party votes in 26 capoluoghi:

Party Votes %
Democratic Party 248,909 16.29
The People of Freedom 176,983 11.58
Five Star Movement 105,488 6.90
Union of the Centre 75,782 4.96
Italy of Values 68,290 4.47
Left Ecology Freedom 46,943 3.07
Lega Nord 41,388 2.71
Totals
with others
1,528,047 100

Mayoral results[edit]

Cities Population Incumbent mayor Party Elected mayor Party
L'Aquila 72,511 Massimo Cialente Centre-left Massimo Cialente Centre-left
Catanzaro 93,124 Michele Traversa Centre-right Sergio Abramo Centre-right
Parma 186,690 Pietro Vignali Centre-right Federico Pizzarotti Five Star
Piacenza 103,206 Roberto Reggi Centre-left Paolo Dosi Centre-left
Gorizia 35,798 Ettore Romoli Centre-right Ettore Romoli Centre-right
Frosinone 48,122 Michele Marini Centre-left Nicola Ottaviani Centre-right
Rieti 47,774 Giuseppe Emili Centre-right Simone Petrangeli Centre-left
Genoa 607,906 Marta Vincenzi Centre-left Marco Doria Centre-left
La Spezia 95,378 Massimo Federici Centre-left Massimo Federici Centre-left
Como 85,263 Stefano Bruni Centre-right Mario Lucini Centre-left
Monza 122,712 Marco Mariani Centre-right Roberto Scanagatti Centre-left
Isernia 22,150 Gabriele Melogli Centre-right Ugo De Vivo Centre-left
Alessandria 94,974 Piercarlo Fabbio Centre-right Maria Rita Rossa Centre-left
Asti 76,534 Giorgio Galvagno Centre-right Fabrizio Brignolo Centre-left
Cuneo 55,714 Alberto Valmaggia Centre-left Federico Borgna Centre
Brindisi 89,780 Domenico Mennitti Centre-right Cosimo Consales Centre-left
Lecce 95,520 Paolo Perrone Centre-right Paolo Perrone Centre-right
Taranto 203,257 Stefàno Ippazio Centre-left Stefàno Ippazio Centre-left
Trani 53,940 Giuseppe Tarantini Centre-right Luigi Nicola Riserbato Centre-right
Agrigento 54,619 Marco Zambuto Centre Marco Zambuto Centre
Palermo 686,722 Diego Cammarata Centre-right Leoluca Orlando Left-wing
Trapani 68,346 Girolamo Fazio Centre-right Vito Damiano Centre-right
Lucca 84,939 Mauro Favilla Centre-right Alessandro Tambelini Centre-left
Pistoia 90,288 Roberto Berti Centre-left Samuele Bertinelli Centre-left
Belluno 36,599 Antonio Prade Centre-right Jacopo Massaro Civic
Verona 263,964 Flavio Tosi Centre-right Flavio Tosi Centre-right

City councils[edit]

City PD PdL M5S LN SEL IdV UDC Others
Alessandria 10 5 2 0 1 1 1 8
Asti 10 4 1 0 0 2 1 8
Cuneo 2 0 0 1 0 1 5 18
La Spezia 12 4 3 0 2 1 0 6
Genova 12 4 4 0 2 3 4 7
Monza 15 4 1 1 1 2 0 2
Como 10 3 0 1 2 0 0 10
Verona 6 1 2 5 1 0 1 17
Belluno 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 23
Gorizia 6 14 2 2 1 1 3 9
Parma 5 0 20 0 0 0 1 2
Piacenza 12 6 2 0 1 1 0 7
Lucca 10 2 1 0 1 1 1 11
Pistoia 14 5 2 0 1 1 0 6
Carrara 8 1 2 0 1 0 0 9
Frosinone 3 10 0 0 0 0 1 16
Rieti 7 3 0 0 2 1 4 14
L'Aquila 9 1 0 0 1 1 2 13
Isernia 3 6 0 0 1 3 3 14
Brindisi 6 3 0 0 2 0 3 14
Lecce 4 10 0 0 0 0 0 16
Trani 2 12 0 0 1 0 3 12
Taranto 7 1 0 0 2 1 2 15
Palermo 3 3 0 0 0 30 3 11
Agrigento 2 5 0 0 0 0 4 19
Trapani 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 22

Results in the capital cities[edit]

Genoa[edit]

Incumbent mayor: Marta Vincenzi (PD)

Candidate Coalition First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Marco Doria PD-IDV-SEL-FDS-others 127,477 48.31 114,245 59.71
Enrico Musso Civic List 39,589 15.00 77,084 40.29
Paolo Putti M5S 36,579 13.86
Pierluigi Vinai PDL-others 33,468 12.68
Edoardo Rixi LN 12,409 4.70
Simonetta Saveri Civic List 3,257 1.23
Others - 11,070 4.17

L'Aquila[edit]

Incumbent mayor: Massimo Cialente (PD)

Candidate Coalition First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Massimo Cialente PD-API-PSI-FDS-SEL 17,421 40.58 20,495 59.19
Giorgio De Matteis MPA-UDC-UDEUR-ERC-others 12,783 29.77 14,125 40.81
Pierluigi Properzi PDL-Civic List 3,522 8.20
Angelo Mancini IDV-Civic List 2,714 6.32
Vincenzo Vittorini Civic List 2,459 5.72
Ettore Di Cesare Civic Lists 2,147 5.00
Enrico Verini FLI 1,129 2.63
Rosetta Enza Blundo M5S 750 1.74

Catanzaro[edit]

Incumbent mayor: Giuseppina di Rosa (Prefectural commissioner)

Candidate Coalition First round
Votes %
Sergio Abramo PDL-ADC-others 28,802 50.22
Salvatore Scalzo PD-SEL-PSI-FDV-IDV-others 24,336 42.43
Giuseppe Celi UDC-MPA-others 3,343 5.91
Elio Mauro Civic List 587 1.03
Others - 207 0.36

Palermo[edit]

Incumbent mayor: Diego Cammarata (PdL)

Candidate Coalition First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Leoluca Orlando IDV-FDS-FDV 105,286 47.42 150,727 72.43
Fabrizio Ferrandelli PD-SEL-others 38,498 17.34 60,039 27.57
Vincenzo Massimo Costa PDL-UDC-GS-others 28,000 12.61
Alessandro Aricò MPA-FLI-API-others 19,250 8.71
Maria Anna Caronna CP-others 15,968 7.19
Riccardo Nuti M5S 10,910 4.91
Others - 4,037 1.81

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ M5S is considered populist, anti-corruption, environmentalist and Eurosceptic.