Italian go to the polls tomorrow(Sunday) to elect new regional provincial and municipal administrations in the first real test of public political opinion since the last general election in May 1968.
Italian go to the polls tomorrow(Sunday) to elect new regional provincial and municipal administrations in the first real test of public political opinion since the last general election in May 1968. More than a dozen parties are contesting the elections and campaign leaflets litter city, town and village in the country. Posters are plastered on any-thing from trees to church walls.
Campaigning officially ended yesterday(Friday). Some sanity has returned to Rome following weeks of public speeches made to rowdy crowds and election slogans and party tunes blasted from cars.
Nearly 36 million Italians are eligible to vote. Whatever the outcome the composition of the country's Parliament won't be altered, but the result is certain to make a strong impact on national as well as regional politics.
The present Government is a delicate balance of the major parties...the Christian Democrats, Socialists, Social Democrats and Republicans. A major shift in traditional voting patterns could see Italian politics back in the turmoil they were in a few months ago before the present Parliament was formed.
The Communist Party, the biggest in the west and second only to the Christian Democrats in Italy, has steadily increased its share of the vote since World War Two and expects to make further gains this time.