Piedmont administration appeals against vote annulment
Petition to Supreme Court will not affect May elections - Cota20 February, 15:37
"We read the explanation and were extremely perplexed by the possible violations of law, particularly concerning jurisdictional power being exceeded," said Cota. The decision to appeal against the ruling had been taken out of "respect" for the Piedmontese and their vote, which the governor said was "fully legitimate".
However Cota said the fresh legal action would not affect elections for a new regional government, which are scheduled to take place together with European elections in late May.
In January the Piedmont regional administrative court (TAR) ruled in favor of an appeal from former center-left Piedmont governor Mercedes Bresso, who narrowly lost to Cota by a 0.4% margin in the 2010 polls.
The ruling came after Cota confidant Michele Giovine was handed a binding sentence of two years and eight months for falsifying ballots.
The Council of State subsequently upheld the decision, making new elections necessary.
Cota's win enabled Berlusconi's government to claim a clear victory in the 2010 March 28-29 regional elections, taking four regions from the centre left.