Political elections, electoral silence: on September 25, 51 million Italians will vote

It’s D-Day, let’s vote. Tomorrow, and only tomorrow, September 25, from the 7th to the 23rd. For an electoral body of 50.8 million Italians, including the 4.7 million eligible residents abroad who have already started voting. It is an electoral round that comes after an unusual summer campaign and that will have 600 seats up for grabs, 400 in the Chamber and 200 in the Senate, after the constitutional reform that reduced the number of parliamentarians. This time, however, to receive the yellow card from Palazzo Madama (the one in the fourth is pink) it is enough to be 18 years old. And it is a vote that comes after a summer campaign, which caught the attention of Italians only after the return of the holidays, therefore, at the beginning of September. A campaign, in many ways, monopolized by international issues, starting with the consequences of the war in Ukraine on the price of gas. And then the European location.

Just yesterday, on the last day, in fact, the reaction of the centre-right to the words of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Lyen about the fact that the EU would have “the tools” to react to a hypothetical Hungarian drift from Italy, an eventuality that, however, it is only in the category of speculation. Words, partially corrected by the number one of the Community Executive, in which the center left threw itself to its death. The last day, before the start of electoral silence at midnight, was marked by the closing rallies. On the center right (which was in Piazza del Popolo, in a unitary initiative, but on Thursday) each leader held their own event: Giorgia Meloni in Naples, Silvio Berlusconi in Milan, Matteo Salvini in a marathon on social media.

On the left, however, the secretary Pd Enrico Letta chose Piazza del Popolo in Rome. For the 5 Star Movement with Giuseppe Conte, he greeted his constituents in Piazza Santi Apostoli (historic place, incidentally, of the center-left Prodian), while the Terzo Polo by Carlo Calenda and Matteo Renzi concluded the race for the Janiculum. During these weeks of public outcry, the center-right focused heavily on the thematic pillars that have always distinguished the coalition: lower taxes, bureaucratic simplification, more security. Letta’s centre-left, who ran in alliance with Bonelli’s Greens and Nicola Fratoianni’s Italian left, pressed the accelerator hard, raising the alarm about the “democratic danger” if the centre-right won the elections. And some statements by Secretary Dem about the need to introduce an inheritance tax to finance an 18-year dowry have generated a lot of controversy. Giuseppe Conte, then, in recent weeks has focused his message above all on the southern electorate, demanding citizenship income.

And then, on a larger scale, defending the superbonus which, in any case, has received some transversal applause. Calenda and Renzi, for the Third Pole, focused all their electoral message on the continuity of the Draghi government, waiting for the lack of a clear majority to rename the current prime minister.

Source: IL Tempo