Italians head to the polls in crucial test for the coalition government following the pandemic

Italians head to the polls in crucial test for the coalition government following the pandemic

  • Italians are heading to the polls this weekend in seven regional elections.
  • There is also a nationwide vote on changes to the constitution.
  • The elections are seen as a key test of public support for the government after the country was ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

Italians are heading to the polls this weekend for regional elections, and to vote on changes to the constitution, in what is seen as a key test of public support for the government after the country was ravaged by the coronavirus.

Italians will be voting on September 20-21 for the presidency of seven regions (Tuscany, Valle d’Aosta, Liguria, Marche, Apulia, Veneto and Campania) as well as in a long-awaited constitutional referendum on whether to reduce the number of members of parliament from 945 to 600, a move that analysts expect to be approved with little fanfare.

It’s the regional elections — that will see 35% of Italy’s electorate go to the polls — that are more unpredictable, according to experts.