2016 Rome municipal election
Municipal elections were held in Rome in June 2016, following the resignation of the former Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino. The first round of voting on 5 June producing no outright winner, resulting in a run-off election on 16 June between Virginia Raggi of the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Roberto Giachetti of the Democratic Party. Raggi won with two-thirds of the vote, and her party won a majority on the Rome City Council with 29 of the 48 seats. The results were widely reported as a major breakthrough for the Five Star Movement, which had previously been seen as a protest party rather than a significant political force. At the same round of elections, M5S also won in the Turin elections.
The voting system is used for all mayoral elections in Italy, in the city with a population higher than 15,000 inhabitants. Under this system voters express a direct election for the mayor or an indirect election voting for the party of the candidate's coalition. If no candidate receives 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.
Parties and candidates
This is a list of the parties (and their respective leaders) which participated in the election.
|Political force or alliance||Constituent lists||Leader|
|Democrats and Populars|
|Federation of the Greens|
|Italy of Values|
|Italian Socialist Party|
|Brothers of Italy|
|League with Salvini|
|Five Star Movement|
Raggi received the most votes in the first round but did not secure the majority required for an outright victory, with voting proceeding to a second, run-off round.
|Candidates & parties||Votes||%||Seats
|Five Star Movement||420,435||35.32||→||29|
|Rome Return Rome||49,457||4.15||→||1|
|Democrats and Populars||17,378||1.46||→||–|
|Secular Civic Socialists||7,716||0.64||→||–|
|Italy of Values||3,085||0.25||→||–|
|Brothers of Italy||146,054||12.27||→||4|
|With Meloni Mayor||40,441||3.39||→||1|
|League with Salvini||32,175||2.70||→||–|
|Italian Liberal Party||10,749||0.90||→||–|
|Italian Construction Movement||1,124||0.09||→||–|
|Left For Rome||46,774||3.93||→||–|
|Simone Di Stefano||14,865||1.13||–||–|
|Dario Di Francesco||8,021||0.61||–||–|
|Talking Cricket List||4,772||0.39||→||–|
|Movement for Rome||1,032||0.08||→||–|
|With Joy – Go Italy!||281||0.02||→||–|
|The People of Family||7,480||0.62||→||–|
|Codacons For Rome||2,578||0.21||→||–|
|Source: Ministry of the Interior|
First-placed Raggi and second-placed Giachetti contested the run-off second round of voting. Raggi was elected, receiving over 67% of the vote.
|Source: Ministry of the Interior|
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