2019 Basilicata Regional Election
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2019 Basilicata Regional Election

2019 Basilicata regional election

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All 21 seats to the Regional Council of Basilicata
Turnout53.52% (Increase 3.92%)
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Generale Vito Bardi.jpg No image available.svg No image available.svg
Candidate Vito Bardi Carlo Trerotola Antonio Mattia
Party Forza Italia Independent[a] Five Star Movement
Alliance Centre-right coalition Centre-left coalition None
Seats won 13 5 3
Seat change Increase 8 Decrease 8 Increase 1
Popular vote 124,716 97,866 60,070
Percentage 42.2% 33.1% 20.3%
Swing Increase 22.8% Decrease 26.5% Increase 7.1%

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President before election

Flavia Franconi (acting)
PD

Elected President

Vito Bardi
FI

The 2019 Basilicata regional election took place on 24 March 2019.[1] The election was for all 20 members of the Regional Council of Basilicata, as well as for the President of the Region, who is also a member of the Council. This election was the last one in Italy before the European election of 26 May 2019.[2]

The original election date was 26 May 2019, but a snap election was called upon the resignation of the incumbent President Marcello Pittella, a member of the Democratic Party (PD), on 24 January 2019. After the subsequent dissolution of the Regional Council, Vice President Flavia Franconi (PD) became acting President.

The centre-left coalition had won each regional election in Basilicata since 1995 with a large margin. However, in the general election of 4 March 2018 both the centre-right coalition and the M5S substantially improved their performance: the center-right, for the first time, tied with the center-left (including LeU, which in 2018 was not a member of the coalition led by PD) and the M5S won about double the votes gained by the PD and LeU combined.[3]

Electoral law

In addition to the newly elected President, the candidate for President of the coalition who ranks second automatically gains one seat (the first of his coalition or single party list), in the Regional Council, according the Tatarella Law of 1995. The remaining 19 seats will be assigned on a province basis, proportionally with respect to the population of the provinces of Potenza and Matera.[4]

The new electoral law follows proportional representation with a threshold of 3% for party lists and 4% for lists in coalitions that failed to reach the 8% threshold.[5] If the first coalition wins 30% of the vote, the parties collectively receive 11 (55%) to 14 seats (67%). For the presidential election,[5] a candidate needs to win by a simple majority (first-past-the-post).[6] To cast his vote, the voter can make a single mark on the name of a presidential candidate, and in this case the vote is not transmitted to any party list.[5] If the voter marks the symbol of one of the lists, the vote is automatically transferred to the candidate supported by that list.[5] Since the approval of the new regional electoral law in 2018, split voting is not possible, i.e. voting on a list and a candidate who is not supported by it.[7]

The voter can express two preferences, reserving the second to a candidate of a different sex, otherwise the second preferences will not be valid.[4] Among the innovations there is the introduction of gender equality (each party list cannot have more than 60% of candidates of the same sex), and the abolition of the price list and of the split vote.[8]

Campaign

On 20 February 2019, governor Marcello Pittella announced he would not run for a second term[9] and decided to support Carlo Trerotola (PD), the new centre-left candidate.[10] With the retirement of Pittella, the majority of the left-wing Free and Equal (LeU) returned in the centre-left coalition with the list Progressives for Basilicata.[11] A joint list of left-wing parties ran alone with Valerio Tramutoli as its presidential candidate.[12]

The presidential candidate of the centre-right coalition is Vito Bardi, an independent, former General of Guardia di Finanza, who later joined Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia.[13] The presidential candidate of the Five Star Movement (M5S) is Antonio Mattia.[14] The presidential candidate of Lega Sud Ausonia (a regional party who usually run alone) Antonio Postorivo[15] was excluded due to bureaucratic issues.[16]

Parties and candidates

Political alliance Constituent lists Leader
Centre-left coalition Democratic Party (PD)
Carlo Trerotola
Federation of the Greens-Reality Italy (FdV-RI)
Progressives for Basilicata (PpB)
Forward Basilicata (AB)
Trerotola for President (CD - Popular Project) (incl. PRI)
Basilicata First
Italian Socialist Party (PSI)
Centre-right coalition Forza Italia (FI)
Vito Bardi
Brothers of Italy (FdI)
League (Lega)
Identity and Action (IDeA)
Positive Basilicata-Bardi for President (BP)
Five Star Movement (M5S)
Antonio Mattia
Possible Basilicata (incl. SI, PRC, DemA)
Valerio Tramutoli

Opinion polls

Date Polling firm Trerotola Bardi Mattia Tramutoli Undecided Lead
24 Mar 2019 Election Results 33.1 42.2 20.3 4.4 N/A 9.1
5-8 Mar 2019 Venum
(without undecided)
35.0 38.0 22.0 5.0 0.0 3.0
5-8 Mar 2019 Venum
(with undecided)
26.1 28.7 16.5 3.8 24.9 2.6

Results

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Candidates Votes % Seats Parties Votes % Seats
Vito Bardi 124,716 42.20 1 League 55,393 19.15 6
Forza Italia 26,457 9.14 3
Brothers of Italy 17,112 5.91 1
Identity and Action 12,094 4.18 1
Positive Basilicata-Bardi for President 11,492 3.97 1
Total 122,548 42.36 12
Carlo Trerotola 97,866 33.11 1 Forward Basilicata 24,957 8.63 2
Democratic Party 22,423 7.65 2
Progressives for Basilicata 12,908 4.46 -
Italian Socialist Party 10,913 3.77 -
Basilicata First 9,748 3.37 -
Democratic Centre - Popular Project 9,559 3.30 -
Federation of the Greens-Reality Italy 5,492 1.90 -
Total 96,000 33.18 4
Antonio Mattia 60,070 20.32 - Five Star Movement 58,658 20.27 3
Valerio Tramutoli 12,912 4.37 - Possible Basilicata 12,124 4.19 -
Invalid votes 11,624 -
Total candidates 307,188 100.00 2 Total parties 289,330 100.00 19
Registered voters 573,970 53.52
Source: Ministry of the Interior - Results
Popular vote
M5S
20.27%
Lega
19.15%
FI
9.14%
AB
8.63%
PD
7.65%
FdI
5.91%
Art.1
4.46%
P
4.19%
IDeA
4.18%
BP-Bardi
3.97%
PSI
3.77%
PB
3.37%
Trerotola
3.30%
FdV-RI
1.90%
President
Bardi
42.20%
Trerotola
33.11%
Mattia
20.32%
Tramutoli
4.37%

Results by province

Province Bardi Trerotola Mattia Tramutoli Turnout
Potenza 82,244
(41.01%)
69,016
(34.41%)
40,103
(20.00%)
9,183
(4.58%)
52.40%
Matera 42,472
(44.70%)
28,850
(30.36%)
19,967
(21.01%)
3,729
(3.92%)
56.03%

Results by capital city

City Bardi Trerotola Mattia Tramutoli Turnout
Potenza 15,688
(40.55%)
11,863
(30.6%)
7,558
(19.54%)
3,576
(9.24)
68.79%
Matera 10,969
(37.51%)
7,740
(26.47%)
9,039
(30.91%)
1,492
(5.10%)
59.88%

Seats by province

Province Lega PD FI M5S FdI Others Total
Potenza 5 1 2 2 0 2 12
Matera 1 1 1 1 1 2 7

Voter turnout

Region Time
12:00 19:00 23:00
Basilicata 13.31% 39.73% 53.52%
Province Time
12:00 19:00 23:00
Matera 13.08% 40.82% 56.03%
Potenza 13.42% 39.24% 52.40%
Source: Ministry of the Interior - Turnout

Notes

  1. ^ Trerotola is an independent politician close to the Democratic Party.

References

  1. ^ "Convocazione dei comizi per l'elezione del Presidente della Giunta e del Consiglio Regionale della Basilicata" (PDF). regione.basilicata.it. Basilicata Region. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ The other regional elections will be either on the same day or later in 2019.
  3. ^ "Dipartimento per gli Affari Interni e Territoriali". elezioni.interno.gov.it. Interior Ministry. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b "REGIONALI 2019 Tutto quello che c'è da sapere sul voto in Basilicata". quotidianodelsud.it. il Quotidiano del Sud. 17 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "Elezioni Basilicata, nella sfida tra Lega e 5 stelle il Pd può tenere la Regione". Today.
  6. ^ "Elezioni regionali Basilicata 2019, chi sono i candidati alla presidenza di Regione". fanpage.it. Fanpage.it. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Regionali in Basilicata, come e quando si vota". vanityfair.it. Vanity Fair Italy. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Elezioni regionali in Basilicata, come e quando si vota: tutto quello che c'è da sapere". tg24.sky.it. Sky TG24. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Pd, Pittella (indagato) annuncia il passo indietro alle Regionali e scoppia in lacrime: "È tutto così assurdo"". Il Fatto Quotidiano. 20 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Basilicata, il Pd candida l'indagato Pittella alle Regionali. Ma Leu e parte dei dem dicono no e lui rinuncia". Il Fatto Quotidiano. 20 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Pittella regista dell'"operazione speziale" che ricompatta il centrosinistra in Basilicata". L'Huffington Post. 20 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Tramutoli, una Basilicata "carbon free" - Basilicata". Agenzia ANSA. 24 February 2019.
  13. ^ ""La Basilicata rinascerà, il centrodestra è pronto": Vito Bardi parla della sua sfida difficile ma esaltante". Secolo d'Italia. 24 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Dopo il crollo in Sardegna, strada in salita per M5S anche in Basilicata". Il Sole 24 ORE.
  15. ^ "Elezioni Regione Basilicata: 2 liste escluse! Forse scende a 4 il numero dei candidati alla carica di Presidente". 26 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Elezioni Basilicata, fuori 2 liste: 4 governatori in corsa". www.lagazzettadelmezzogiorno.it.

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