Record figure for the M5s parliamentarians for the parliamentary elections on September 25th: 50,014 people participated in the consultation, the highest figure ever. For example, 39 thousand people took part in the 2018 parliamentarians, but they voted for two days, from Tuesday 16 to Wednesday 17 January, from 10 to 21.
Despite the controversy over the “list” of candidates armored by Giuseppe Conte, the parliamentarians for the indication of the 5-star candidates who will run in the next policies of 25 September could turn out to be the most attended by the members of the Movement. The figures on the turnout heartened Giuseppe Conte already in the early afternoon. At mid-session of the voting day, which falls immediately after mid-August and while most of the Italians are on vacation, the voters were already 40,000, more than the approximately 39,000 totaled by the parliamentarians in 2018, those conducted by Di Maio political leader. “I see a great democratic participation” welcomes the pentastellato leader during an interview with LaStampa.it in which he does not show fear of the electoral result, much less so low as to force him to step back from the leadership of the Movement. “We are very ambitious, we expect a high percentage” even in double figures. And he skims on the list of “very faithful”, the quota of 15 armored names that has infuriated so many former 5 stars. But also prominent exponents such as Danilo Toninelli: “Let us leave the blocked price lists to Meloni or Letta”, thunders the former minister who campaigns for the Movement from the top of his second term. But it is the data on the participation of members in his consultations that makes the leader of the M5s proud, especially in comparison with the previous ones of 2018 and even more than those for the first elections of 2013, those in which the 5 stars entered Parliament for open it like a “can of tuna”. For the Chamber in 2018, 39,991 subscribers were expressed for a total of 92,870 clicks. For the Senate, 38,878 members voted for a total of 86,175 preferences. Even then the members had declared their preferences on three deputy candidates and senatorial candidates for each plurinominal constituency, indicating the candidates chosen by the then political leader, Di Maio, for the single-member constituencies. Which, even on that occasion, did not fail to arouse controversy. In absolute terms, Carla Ruocco in the Chamber, with 1691 votes, and Paola Taverna in the Senate, with 2136 clicks emerged among the most voted exponents. Both were running to Rome. Luigi Di Maio, in Campania, took only 490 votes. For the 2013 policies, the M5s primary took place in December 2012 and the vote was baptized for the first time with the name of “parliamentarians”. At the time, the choice of candidates with the instrument of “direct democracy” was supervised directly by Beppe Grillo. It was at the time that the “vigilante” M5s placed the obligation to prohibit organizing consortiums in support of candidates: ” Whoever tries to pilot the vote with assemblies or committees – he wrote at the time on his blog – will be warned and excluded from voting ”. On that occasion, only those registered before October 2012 voted: the voters, certified by Grillo himself from his blog, were 20,252 out of 31,612 entitled. The same blog, however, specified at the time that the total number of members of the M5s amounted at the time to 255,339 people. A lot of water has passed under the bridges and now Conte and Grillo march together to save the M5s from a possible electoral collapse. “My relations with Grillo are very good, we hear each other constantly”, now says the M5S leader who remembers the frictions that occurred: “there was actually an initial misunderstanding, that was a real moment of clash but then there was a recomposition “he assures, trying to throw water on the fire even with respect to the friction with Virginia Raggi.