Low turnout in Sicily suggests disaffection with politicians


A low turnout in Sunday’s elections for a new president and parliament in Sicily suggests that voters are fed up with the antics of politicians. As if to prove the point Silvio Berlusconi’s candidate just about managed to scrape 25.5% of the vote and his People of Freedom (PdL) Bloc won 21 seats compared with 60 seats in 2008.

Rosario Crocetta of the centre left bloc led by the Democratic Party (PD) is leading the presidential race with 30.8% of the vote and their bloc has won 39 seats compared with 20 seats in 2008.

The joker in the pack, quite literally, is the bloc centred on comedian Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S); they have won 15 seats and their presidential candidate is on 18% of the vote.

The centre right bloc led by presidential candidate Gianfranco Micciché also has 15 seats and he is on 15.5%.

Final results have still to be announced, but a low turnout and a beating for Silvio Berlusconi’s party appear to symptomize the feelings of Italian voters today.

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