Elections to the European Parliament : 13 june 1999
which, resident EU citizens
of potential voters (18+)
of young people (18-23) *
||4 400 100
||2 151 400
||2 248 700
of inhabitants per seat
Source: Eurostat estimates based on Eurostat population scenarios (baseline variant) and
the latest data.
* Age group voting for the first time in EP
elections (last EP elections: June 1994).
Law No. 18 of 24 January 1979 as amended by Law No. 61 of 9 April 1984, Law No. 9 of 18
January 1989 and Decree-Law No. 128 of 21 February 1994.
(Discussion under way in parliament on incompatibilities, introduction of a threshold,
possible changes to number of constituencies, etc.)
representation on a national basis. Italy is divided into five constituencies:
* North-West, 23 seats (Lombardy, Piedmont,
Liguria, Valle d'Aosta);
* North-East, 16 seats (Trentino-Alto
Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna);
* Centre, 17 seats (Marche, Umbria, Lazio,
* South, 21 seats (Abruzzi, Molise, Apulia,
Basilicata, Calabria, Campania);
* Islands, 10 seats (Sicily, Sardinia).
. Vote count and
allocation of seats: Seats are allocated on the basis of the total votes cast for each
national list divided by the national electoral quota (i.e. the total number of votes cast
for all lists divided by the number of seats). The seats allocated to each list are then
distributed on a constituency basis and allotted to the candidates winning the highest
number of votes. Seats not allocated under this method are allocated to the national lists
with the best ratio. Preference voting: voters may vote for at most three candidates in an
initial constituency, two candidates in each of three further constituencies and one
candidate in a final constituency.
- Deadline for registration: No later than 39 days before polling
- Deposit: None.
The Decree-Law of 19 March 1994
stipulates that parties belonging to political groupings which, when the elections are
called, form a parliamentary group in either of the two chambers do not need to collect
signatures. The same rules apply to parties holding at least one seat in one of the two
chambers. Parties belonging to political groups with at least one seat in the EP are also
exempted from this requirement.
Other lists may be submitted provided
they are accompanied by between 30 000 and 35 000 signatures in each constituency, with a
minimum of 10% in each region of the constituency concerned.
- Incompatibilities: Those laid down in the 1976 Act on Elections
to the European Parliament. In addition, a Member of the European Parliament may not
simultaneously hold the office of president or member of a regional government. (Discussion
in progress in parliament on incompatibilities.)
day : Sunday 13 June 1999 (8 am - 10 pm)
- The count begins at 10pm on Sunday and ends at 8am on
Monday.Preliminary results: 10am on Monday.
/ standing for election
- Right to vote
All EU citizens aged 18 or over who are
in full possession of their voting rights in their Member State of origin may vote.
Italian citizens resident in another EU
Member State may vote at an Italian consulate on 12 June 1999.
Italian citizens resident outside the EU
must return to Italy to vote.
- Right to stand for election
Any EU citizen aged 25 or over who is in
full possession of his right to stand as a candidate in his Member State of origin may
stand for election.
- Funding: Campaign expenditure is reimbursed, subject to certain
- Official campaign starting date: 30 days before polling day.
- Opinion polls: no restrictions.