Participation in the general elections held this Sunday in Italy remains with data until 12:00 noon, practically similar to that of the previous elections of 2018. According to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, at noon 19.21% had voted of the population called to the polls, a slightly lower percentage than the 19.43% registered at the same time four years ago.
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The participation data corresponds only to the votes for the Chamber of Deputies – those of the Senate have not yet been counted – and it is one of the variables on which everyone speculates to make their first forecasts, since the latest polls, which are from 15 days ago, the last date allowed by law for publication, showed an influx of around 65%, while in 2018 the final participation was around 73%, already then the lowest in history.
Such high abstention could change any expected outcome, although it seems unlikely that the right will not win an outright majority. However, most political leaders have encouraged the population to go to the polls this Sunday. “Today you can help write history. We write history together”, wrote the far-right Giorgia Meloni, favorite in all the polls.
According to the first analyses, the influx has grown compared to 2018 in the northern regions: Lombardy, Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, while it has decreased in the south, especially in Molise, Campania and Sardinia.
At the moment, the elections are being held without major problems, although the procedure is slowing down in some schools since it is necessary to read an authenticity code present on the ballot papers that must be removed and long queues are forming.
Meloni postpones her vote until tonight
The far-right Giorgia Meloni, the great favorite to win the elections held this Sunday in Italy, is the only candidate who has not yet exercised her right to vote. The leader of the Brothers of Italy was scheduled to vote this morning in Rome, but she has finally changed the schedule until late in the day due, she has argued, to the crush of photographers and reporters waiting for her at her polling station .
Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy (FdI) and the coalition that also includes the far-right League, led by Matteo Salvini, and the conservative Forza Italia (FI), led by Silvio Berlusconi, are the big favorites for a victory that is expected to be overwhelming: the polls give him almost 20 points ahead of Enrico Letta’s progressive Democratic Party (PD) and his small center-left allies.
Salvini did go to vote this morning in Milan and he has done so, as on other occasions, breaking the normal electoral silence that governs until the polls close. “The more people vote, the more strength a new Parliament, a new government, will have to intervene in emergencies”, he said, adding: “I can only thank all the Italians who will vote, because today will be a beautiful day of participation. The more people vote, the stronger Italy will be and the more legitimized politics will be.”
Also voting this morning was Letta, the centrists Matteo Renzi (Italia Viva), in the city of which he was mayor, Florence, and Carlo Calenda (Action). “We have voted. You too, whatever your political opinion. Democracy is nourished by the commitment of all. Long live the Republic, long live Italy”, Renzi has written on social networks. The Italian conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi voted shortly after, in Milan, together with his girlfriend, Marta Fascina, a deputy for the party led by the tycoon, Forza Italia (FI), which is also part of the favorite coalition to win tonight.
About 51 million Italians are summoned to the polls to elect 600 parliamentarians (400 deputies and 200 senators), which represents a significant cut compared to the current 945 (630 and 315) adopted in a reform approved in a referendum and 2, 7 million young people will have the opportunity to vote for the first time.
Votes are also held in the southern region of Sicily for the election of its president and the renewal of its Assembly. At noon on the island, one of the regions where there is always a higher abstention, the influx was 14.77% compared to 13.2% in 2018, although this time there was also voting for regional and general elections.