(ANSA) – PALERMO, MAY 14 – Unlike the other Italian regions, where the deadline expired today, in Sicily yesterday, Friday 13 May, the window for the presentation of the lists with the candidates for the office of mayor and the office of municipal councilor in the municipalities called to vote on the occasion of the next administrative offices which on the island, as in the rest of Italy, will be held on Sunday 12 June. The last day for submitting lists in Sicilian municipalities is 18 May.
In Sicily the municipalities called to vote to elect the mayor and the members of the municipal council are 120, Palermo and Messina, the only two capitals of this round. The eventual ballot, which affects only the municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants in which a double shift is foreseen (if none of the candidates for the office of mayor should reach 40%) will be held on 26 June.
In Sicily, each voter can give up to two preferences for candidates for the municipal council, as long as the “gender preference” is respected: in practice, if you want to vote, two councilors must be a man and a woman. The possibility of “separate voting” is envisaged: it will be possible to vote the candidate or candidates for the municipal council of one list, and the candidate for mayor of another list. If no preference is expressed for the candidate for mayor, the vote will also automatically go to the candidate for mayor of the list in which the candidate or candidates for the municipal council are voted. The polls will be open only on Sunday 12 June from 7 to 23, on the island as in the rest of Italy there will also be votes for the five abrogative referendums on justice.
In recent days, the regional councilorship for local autonomies has announced that the scrutiny will take place in two phases: Sunday evening after the closing of the polls, at 11 pm, we will proceed with the counting of the ballots on the referendums while the counting for the administrative activities will begin the following day, Monday 13 June, starting at 2.00 pm (ANSA).