Apparently there are local elections in some parts of Italy around this time every year. I can't see any pattern as to which regions and cities vote in which year, but at least they don't elect in halves or thirds. The World Election site (maintained by a member of this forum before he became obsessed with Colombia and kept complaining that nobody was listening to him) had a post on last year's locals.
According to Wikipedia, Bozen voted a week earlier than the other cities and the result was a centre-left gain from an independent mayor.
There are two rounds: the first on 5th June, the second on 19th June.
If we look at the opinion polls, The Democratic Party's huge lead a year ago has gradually eroded and they are now only a few points ahead of the Five Star Movement. Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia is still in dire straits, flatlining in fourth place at about 10-12% just under Lega Nord/Us with Salvini.
Rome is the most interesting one because it could mean a real breakthrough for M5S and their candidate is a potential future party leader. Its also a "dress rehearsal" of sorts for the constitutional referendum.
"The next Italian elections will take place in June, when voters will be called to renew 1,351 city mayors and municipal councils. Among them are Rome, Milan, Naples, Bologna and Turin. This is a crucial test for the government and for the prime minister and secretary of the Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi.
It also comes just a few months before the referendum on constitutional reforms, already announced for October, on which Renzi has staked his political career."
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As said by swanarcadian, PD is still leading in national polls but its lead has eroded in the last months. So they could be bound to some kick in the ass in a mid term elections, especially when they ruled badly and were hit by scandals.
Polls (it's not that in Italy they are particularly good) had the PD candidate (incumbent Pisapia is not running again) marginally ahead in Milan. Forza Italia-Lega was running second. PD comfortably ahead in Turin with their incumbent Fassino with 5Stars running second. In Rome Raggi of 5 Stars are ahead and they are expected to win a run off.
As said Bozen was won by PD. It was not exactly a gain because they won last year too but they didn't have a majority in the council chamber (different electoral low up there). They won again the mayoral now but like last only 1 seat majority in the council.
The World Election site (maintained by a member of this forum before he became obsessed with Colombia and kept complaining that nobody was listening to him) had a post on last year's locals.
thank you so much
For spelling Colombia correctly or demonstrating that at least one person was listening? Either way, you're welcome.
Seriously though, sorry I couldn't recall your alias on here. I devoured virtually everything published on that site from when I discovered it until new posts suddenly stopped altogether. If there was little reaction to them, that will be because they were so excellently researched and thoroughly detailed that readers had nothing constructive to add.
Back on topic: uh, is the rubbish collected successfully in Naples these days?
In PD-5 Stars run offs the Right vote heavily goes to 5 Stars. It happened in Parma and Livorno in the first 5 Stars wins.
The PD defeat in Rome was expected given all the local problems. However, yes, the margin is really huge. Turin was considered too close to call. So a big disappointment for PD given that Fassino wasn't considered a bad mayor.
PD lost Grosseto, Trieste. They are losing Savona. Right takes Novara. They held Bologna and they are ahead in Ravenna (but closer than should be).