(ANSA) - Florence, January 2 - Democratic Party (Pd) leader
Matteo Renzi on Thursday unveiled proposals for a new electoral
law a month after the Constitutional Court struck down the old
one for being unconstitutional.
The young Florence mayor advanced three 'suggestions' for
electoral reform: a law modelled on the Spanish system involving
the creation of 118 small constituencies, a premium of 15% to
the winning list and the introduction of a 5% threshold; reform
of the old Mattarella electoral law, in force from 1993 until
2005, involving a mixed system of first-past-the-post rules and
proportional representation; and a double-ballot system.
The proposals come after the so-called 'pig-sty' law,
introduced in 2005 under Silvio Berlusconi's second government
and blamed for recent political instability, was ruled
unconstitutional because of the huge bonus it gave to the
winner in the House and because it did not allow voters to
choose their MPs.
The December ruling now formally leaves Italy with
Renzi also called for "a clear time frame and transparency"
in the process leading to electoral reform and said his party
would be initiating bilateral talks over the coming week to
discuss the proposals.
Electoral reform tops the list of priorities for the
left-right government of PD Premier Enrico Letta and of
President Giorgio Napolitano, who renewed calls for much-needed
institutional reforms during his annual message to the nation on
New Year's Eve.