The Italian electoral authorities have reported that the participation at 12:00 in the legislative elections this Sunday has reached 18.55% after five hours of voting.
This figure is half a point lower than that of 2018, with a participation of 19.24 percent, thus breaking in principle the forecasts of a lower participation, according to the Italian television channel SkyTG24.
The polls will be open until 11:00 p.m. Immediately afterwards the counting of ballots will begin, although results are not expected until Monday.
This Sunday some 50 million Italians are called to choose who will occupy 400 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 200 in the Senate. In both chambers there will now be fewer legislators, in accordance with the provisions of a constitutional reform endorsed in a referendum by the citizens in September 2020.
Also on this day the renewal of the Regional Council of Sicily is voted and elections for regional governors are held.
the conservative candidate Giorgia Meloni, from Brothers of Italy, is the big favorite to take victory in the Italian elections. With complete certainty, the country will take a turn to the right, it remains to be seen the percentage of deputies that each one of the right-wing formations that present themselves as the alternative to the Government of Mario Draghi obtains.
For his part, the leader of the Italian League, Matteo Salvinihas encouraged the population to go to the polls this Sunday and has defended that his party aspires to be one of the parliamentary forces “on the podium” for the formation of a new government.
«I am counting on the League to be the parliamentary force on the podium, first, second or third at most. Starting tomorrow, no more talk and we move from commitments to actions. We have clear ideas », he predicted after casting his vote at a polling station in Milan, according to the AndKronos news agency.
Salvini has recognized that they will be “complicated months” for Italy in the face of the energy and economic crisis that all of Europe is suffering, although he has specified that “the more people vote, the stronger” the country will be, while with these elections “politics will be legitimized ».
The leader of the Democratic Party (PD), Enrico Lettahas also exercised his constitutional right to vote in a polling station in Rome around nine in the morning, where he has shaken hands with some of his supporters, has picked up the newspaper ‘Corriere della Sera’.
Other politicians who have deposited their ballots in the polls have been the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, in Palermo, as well as the leader of the Democratic Party, Enrico Letta, who has gone to a polling station in Rome.
Likewise, the leader of Italia Viva, Matteo Renzi, has voted in Florence in the company of his wife Agnese Landini, after which he has published a message on his official Twitter profile encouraging the population to go to the polls.
“We have voted. Do it too, whatever your political views. Democracy feeds on the commitment of all. Long live the Republic, long live Italy. September 25 », Renzi said, publishing a photograph in which he appears depositing his vote.
Carlo Calenda of Acción has also voted at a polling station near the Trevi Fountain. “Vote, vote freely, without conditions and without fear. Italy is always stronger than those who want it weak », he said on his Twitter profile.
The leader of Italian Action has referred to the historical figure of Pericles, assuring that it is necessary to vote “consciously”. “‘A citizen who does not take care of the State is not harmless, but useless'”, the Italian politician has expressed, quoting Pericles.
In these general elections, in which the right-wing bloc, led by the far-right Giorgia Meloni, is emerging as the favourite, nearly 50 million people will have to go to the polls, with more than four million Italians abroad.