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FACTBOX: Regional Elections

Over 44 million Italians called to vote Sunday and Monday

26 March, 17:22
FACTBOX: Regional Elections (ANSA) - Rome, March 25 - Elections in 13 Italian regions out of 20 will take place on March 28 and 29, as well as in a number of cities and provinces around the country.

Polls will be open from 08.00-22.00 (CET) on Sunday, March 28 and from 07.00-15.00 (CET) on Monday, March 29.

Here are some key facts about the elections: THE REGIONS.

* The regions holding elections are: Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Lazio, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria.

* All of the regions except for Lombardy and Veneto are currently governed by center-left coalitions allied with the parliamentary opposition.

* Lombardy and Veneto are governed by Premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.

THE VOTERS.

* Over 44 million Italians or roughly 87% of the electorate will be called to vote for the president and councillors of their region.

VOTER TURNOUT IN PREVIOUS ELECTIONS.

?2005 Regional Elections - 71.4% ?2006 Parliamentary Elections - 83.6% ?2008 Parliamentary Elections - 80.5% ?2009 European Parliament and partial local elections - 65.1% THE PARTIES.

These are the main parties involved in the elections: CENTER RIGHT.

* The center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party has 11 candidates for regional governor in Lombardy, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria.

* The devolutionist Northern League has two candidates for regional governor in Piedmont and Veneto, where it is backed by the PdL.

CENTER LEFT.

* The center-left Democratic Party (PD) has 12 candidates in Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Calabria. * The small Left, Ecology and Freedom party has one candidate in Puglia where it is backed by the PD.

UDC.

* The Catholic-Centrist UDC party is backing center-right candidates in Lazio, Campania and Calabria.

* It is backing center-left candidates in Piedmont, Marche, Liguria and Basilicata.

* It is running six of its own candidates in Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto and Puglia. NO PDL TICKET IN THE PROVINCE OF ROME.

* As a result of a missed filing deadline, the PdL will not appear on ballots in the province of Rome. * Their candidate for regional governor, Renata Polverini, will still appear on her own ticket in the province and PdL voters can vote for her slate. * PdL supporters in the rest of Lazio will be able to vote for her on the PdL's slate rather than on her list.

PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS.

* Elections will also be held in 11 of Italy's 110 provinces.

* All but three of the provincial elections, L'Aquila (Abruzzo), Viterbo (Lazio) and Caserta (Campania), are in Sardinia.

* Voters in all eight of Sardinia's provinces will be voting for their provincial councils and presidents: Cagliari, Carbonia Iglesias, Medio Campidano, Ogliastra, Olbia Tempio, Oristano, Nuoro, Sassari. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.

* Over 1,033 towns and cities around Italy will be holding mayoral and city council elections.

* All but 90 of the elections are in towns with a population under 15,000.

* The most important cities holding elections are: Aosta (Val d'Aosta), Mantua (Lombardy), Lecco (Lombardy), Lodi (Lombardy), Bolzano (Trentino-Alto Adige), Venice (Veneto), Macerata (Marche), Chieti (Abruzzo), Andria (Puglia), Matera (Basilicata), Vibo Valentia (Calabria), Enna (Sicily), Nuoro (Sardinia), Sassari (Sardinia), Iglesias (Sardinia).

* Eventual run-off elections for provincial and city elections will be on April 11 and 12.

CAMPAIGNING.

Candidates may not hold political rallies or hang new posters after March 26. No new polls or surveys have been allowed since March 13.

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