Administrative elections: A second ballot is needed to determine Florence's next mayor. After last weekend's elections, the two main candidates for Florence mayor in the second ballot are: centre-left candidate and former president of the province, Matteo Renzi, who received 47.57 percent of the vote, and mayoral candidate for the centre-right, Giovanni Galli, who got approximately 32 percent of the vote on June 6 and 7. The other candidates in the running on June 6 and 7 were: Valdo Spini with 8.35 percent of the vote; Ornella De Zordo with 4.10 percent; Mario Razanelli with 3.30 percent; Marco carraresi with 2.15 percent; Alfonso Bonafede with 1.82 percent; Paolo Poggi with 0.37 percent; Maria Lascialfari with 0.30 percent. Some 73.86 percent of Florentines flocked to the polls. A second ballot is set for June 21.
Provincial elections: Andrea Barducci was elected president of the province of Florence last weekend with 55.47 percent of the vote. Barducci, who represents the Democratic Party (PD), the Italy of Values party (IdV), the Sinistra per la provincia party and the Communisti fiorentine party, received more votes than the centre-left candidate, Samuele Bardini, who ran for the People of Freedom (PdL) and Northern League (LN) parties and got 30.73 percent of votes. Other candidates running for provincial president were: Andrea Calò with 5.93 percent; Federico Tondi with 4.55 percent; Claudia Agati with 1.28 percent; Simone Faini with 1.05 percent; and Corrado Olivotti with 0.95 percent. Voter turnout for the provincial elections was recorded at 75.37 percent.
European Union (EU) elections: Italy's centre-right parties came out ahead in this weekend's European elections, as in the most of the EU, in a vote marked by record-breaking absenteeism and voter's concerns over the economic crisis. Only some 43 percent of European citizens voted on June 9 and 10. Even though voter turnout was a record low for Italy also, 6.4% percentage points from 2004, it was still one of the best across the Europe. Two out of three Italians, or 66.5% of eligible voters, flocked to the polls over the weekend. Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right PdL party came out on top with 35.23 percent of the votes, yet it lost some ground compared to last spring's general elections. The PdL's main ally, the Northern League (NL), was one of the big winners, attaining its best result ever: some 10.21 percent of votes compared to 8.3 percent in the 2008 general elections. For the opposition, the PD slipped some, taking 26.14 percent of the vote, compared to 33.2 percent in last year's general elections. The centre-left's IdV party also collected a record number of votes in these elections, claiming approximately 8 percent of the vote compared to 4.4 percent in 2008. The Union of Center (UDC) party won 6.51 percent of the vote, an improvement over the 5.6 percent of votes it got in 2008. All other parties on the Italian political spectrum failed to break the 4 percent threshold on a national level.