Luca Ceccarelli aveva insinuato che la storia del testa a testa era un invenzione del Pd. Se non bastasse un Fede teso che oggi invita ad andare a votare (e notate l'affluenza bassa) ed Exit Poll che provengono dalla redazione di Libero che danno testa a testa vi segnalo questo articolo del Times che riporto per esteso. L'articolo proviene dal corrispondente da Roma, che quindi è sicuramente ben informato.
Italians went to the polls yesterday amid speculation that the two main candidates were neck and neck and that a caretaker prime minister would have to be appointed in the event of deadlock.
Silvio Berlusconi, the media magnate and leader of the centre-right People of Liberty, is the favourite to win a third term of office. It is believed, however, that Walter Veltroni, leader of the centre-left Democratic Party, has closed the gap to a few percentage points in the past two weeks, as an estimated one third of undecided voters make up their minds.
There are fears of high abstentions, with many disillusioned Italians taking the view that a “self-serving political elite” has failed to tackle their country’s economic and social malaise, with little hope of radical change or reform whoever is elected.
Even if Mr Berlusconi wins a comfortable majority in the Lower House, there may be stalemate in the Senate, which is elected on a regional basis under the complex Italian electoral system. The electoral law, based on proportional representation, was passed by Mr Berlusconi towards the end of his last period in office, when an election win by Romano Prodi and the centre left was forecast.
Mr Berlusconi’s aim was to cripple the Prodi Government — which collapsed in January after 20 months — by ensuring that it had too small a majority to govern. This has boomeranged against him as he faces the prospect of a slim majority in the Senate, which approves all laws.
Both Left and Right are reported to be backing candidates for the post of caretaker prime minister in the event of a hung Parliament, with the Right favouring Gianni Letta, the éminence grise of the previous centre-right Government, as Mr Berlusconi’s chef de cabinet.
The Left is said to prefer Franco Marini, the Speaker of the Senate, who is a former trade union leader and a member of Mr Veltroni’s Democratic Party.
The first exit polls will be released after the two-day election ends today. Local elections are being held simultaneously in several regions.
Italy has been demoralised by economic decline, the failure to find a buyer for its loss-making airline Alitalia, the rubbish crisis in Naples and a forecast by the IMF of 0.3 per cent growth this year.
The rival candidates offer similar solutions, including tax cuts. Both have denied that they would form a “grand coalition” to oversee urgent reforms and introduce a new and more stable electoral system.