M5S appeals to Mattarella on drilling

Movement wants vote to coincide with local elections

(ANSA) - Rome, February 12 - Members of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) on Friday appealed to Italian President Sergio Mattarella to change the April date of a referendum on offshore drilling for oil and gas in Italy so that it coincides with local elections in June.
    Premier Matteo Renzi's cabinet set the April 17 date on Thursday.
    "We need an election day to guarantee the quorum and also to save 300 million euros of taxpayer money," M5S members of parliament said.
    On February 3, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said the referendum cannot take place at the same time as June local elections.
    He said the possibility of the so-called election day uniting both the referendum and local elections presents "technical difficulties that are not able to be solved in an administrative way".
   

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