2015 Italian presidential election

Sergio Mattarella Giorgio Napolitano Chamber of Deputies (Italy)
2015 Italian presidential election

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1,009 voters
(315 Senators, 6 Senators for life,
630 Deputies and 58 regional representatives)
673 or 505 votes needed to win
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Nominee Sergio Mattarella
Party Independent
Electoral vote 665
Percentage 65.91%

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Result on the fourth ballot
(31 January 2015)

     Mattarella 665      Others 212

     Invalids, blanks 132

President before election

Giorgio Napolitano
Independent

Elected President

Sergio Mattarella
Independent

The Italian presidential election of 2015 was held on 29–31 January, following the resignation of incumbent President Giorgio Napolitano on 14 January 2015. The office was held at the time of the election by Senate President Pietro Grasso in an acting capacity. Only members of Italian Parliament and regional delegates are entitled to vote. As head of state of the Italian Republic, the President has a role of representation of national unity and guarantees that Italian politics comply with the Italian Constitution, in the framework of a parliamentary system.

On 31 January, at the fourth round of voting, Constitutional Court Judge Sergio Mattarella was elected President of the Italian Republic with 665 votes out of 1,009.

Procedure

In accordance with the Italian Constitution, the election is held in the form of a secret ballot, with the Senators, the Deputies and 58 regional representatives entitled to vote. The election is held in the Palazzo Montecitorio, home of the Chamber of Deputies, with the capacity of the assembly room expanded for the purpose. The first three ballots require a two-thirds majority of the 1,009 voters in order to elect a President, or 673 votes. Starting from the fourth ballot, an absolute majority is required for candidates to be elected, or 505 votes. The presidential mandate lasts seven years.

The election was presided over by the President of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini, who proceeded to the public counting of the votes, and by the Acting President of the Senate Valeria Fedeli, instead of President Pietro Grasso who was serving as Acting President of the Republic since 14 January.

Candidates

Electoral college

Electors per parliamentary group (including the regional delegates) were divided as follows:

Composition of the electoral college
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Party Members
(total)
Members Share
MPs
(Chamber and Senate)

Regional
delegates
Democratic Party (PD) 445 415 30 44.1%
Forza Italia (FI) 143 130 13 14.1%
Five Star Movement (M5S) 129 128 1 12.8%
Popular Area (NCD/UdC) 74 70 4 7.3%
Lega Nord (LN) 38 35 3 3.8%
Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) 34 33 1 3.4%
Civic Choice (SC) 32 32 0 3.2%
Others 114 108 6 11.3%
Total 1,009 951 58 100.0%

Results

Candidate First round
29 January 2015
Second round
30 January 2015
Third round
30 January 2015
Fourth round
31 January 2015
Sergio Mattarella 5 4 4 665
Ferdinando Imposimato 120 123 126 127
Vittorio Feltri 49 51 56 46
Stefano Rodotà 23 22 22 17
Emma Bonino 25 23 23 2
Romano Prodi 9 5 3 2
Antonio Martino 3 2
Giorgio Napolitano 2
Luciana Castellina 37 34 33
Lucio Barani 4 3 21
Giuseppe Pagano 3 7 11
Claudio Sabelli Fioretti 11 14 8
Marcello Gualdani 6 10 7
Mauro Guerra 3 5
Francesco Guccini 4
Luigi Manconi 4
Ignazio Messina 3 3 3
Angelo Perrino 3
Antonio Razzi 4 2
Ezio Greggio 2 3 2
Franco Frattini 2 2
Ernesto Abaterusso 2
Pier Ferdinando Casini 2
Michele Emiliano 2
Giovanni Malagò 2
Luigi Marino 2
Vincenzo Olita 2
Antonio Palmieri 2
Pasquale Sollo 2
Andrea Vecchio 2
Santo Versace 6
Paola Severino 5
Carlo Sangalli 4
Pierluigi Bersani 5 2
Giuseppe Scognamiglio 4 2
Agostino Marianetti 3 2
Anna Finocchiaro 2 2
Luciano Cimmino 2
Gabriele Albertini 14
Mauro Morelli 9
Massimo Caleo 8
Ricardo Antonio Merlo 3
Paolo Mieli 3
Antonello Zitelli 3
Dario Baldini D'Amato 2
Other candidates 48 61 70 14
Blank papers 538 531 513 105
Invalid papers 33 26 27 13
Absentees 34 56 40 14
Total 1,009 1,009 1,009 1,009
Source: Parliament of Italy

References

  1. ^ a b Giada Zampano, "Lawmakers in Italy Fail to Elect President in First Round of Voting", The Wall Street Journal, 29 January 2015.