Italian local elections take place on October 3 and 4

Italian local elections take place on October 3 and 4

Less than a third of the country’s municipalities participate, but the big cities will be up for grabs

Following a delay due to the Covid pandemic, a new round of Italian local elections should take place October 3 and 4, 2021. Originally these were scheduled for the spring of this year, the national government announced they would take place at a later date.

20 provincial capitals to watch

Local elections in Italy are not an all-encompassing national affair. In fact, different municipalities hold their elections in different years, giving an image that is an ever-changing mosaic on the electoral map from year to year. What is certain, however, is that every year somewhere in Italy there will be battles for mayoral seats.

Out of 7,903 Italian municipalities, only 1,293 will organize elections for mayors and municipal councils, which is less than a third of the total. However, this edition of the ballot will be particularly interesting to observe since 20 provincial capitals will organize elections – among which several of the large cities of the country.

This means that the mandates of mayors in cities, such as Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Trieste and Bologna have ended and incumbents will seek to resume their duties on the basis of the work they have accomplished so far.

For example, Virginia Raggi, famous for being the first woman to become mayor of Rome, will be one of those seeking confirmation of the approval of the electoral hearing. Five years ago, she won the day representing populist Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S), promising “winds of change”.

His was however a term marked by many ups and downs, with the introduction of electric scooters and other electrified public transport in the urban transport system, but also with the memory of the problems of waste collection.

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