Italian cities vote to elect new mayors
12 million people eligible to vote in municipal elections in Italy.
Italy’s four largest cities – Rome, Milan, Naples and Turin – along with Bologna, are preparing for municipal elections to elect new mayors and city councilors.
Some 12 million inhabitants of more than 1,000 Italian cities will be able to vote in the elections to be held on October 3-4.
To be elected mayor in the first round, a candidate must obtain more than 50% of the votes, failing which the two candidates with the most votes will participate in a second round on October 17 and 18.
In addition to the five big cities, there will be a parliamentary by-election in the Tuscan city of Siena, where the center-left leader of the Partito Democratico (PD) Enrico Letta is running for a seat, and a vote for the governor of the Southern Region of Calabria following the death of former governor Jole Santelli a year ago.
Facing the outgoing mayor of Milan Beppe Sala are pediatrician Luca Bernardo (center-right), manager Layla Pavone (M5S) and 10 other candidates.
In Naples, the PD and M5S are behind former minister Gaetano Manfredi (center-left) who is running against Catello Maresca (center-right) and five other candidates.
In Turin, the PD supports Stefano Lo Russo (center-left) while the M5S supports Valentina Sganga, with the center-right supporting the entrepreneur Paolo Damilano, in a race to 13 candidates.
In Bologna, Matteo Lepore is the center-left candidate, supported by the M5S, against the entrepreneur Fabio Battistini (center-right) and six others.
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