Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Elections without reforms 'worst-case scenario' says Monti

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(ANSA) - Rome, July 31 - Italian Premier Mario Monti on
Tuesday said that going to elections before agreeing on
electoral reforms would be "the worst-case scenario".
"The worst-case scenario that I want to avoid at all costs
would be going to elections at their scheduled time but without
having reformed electoral law amid a climate of partisan
bickering," Monti told Italian radio program Anch'io.
The prospect of Italy's much-criticised electoral system
being changed increased early this year after the country's two
biggest parties, former premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right
People of Freedom (PdL) and the centre-left Democratic Party
(PD), found common ground on the issue.
But Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has recently
chided the parties for "dragging on for weeks" and not
capitalizing on common ground struck earlier this year by
submitting election-reform proposals to parliament.
The current law has been widely criticised for distancing
politicians from voters, who effectively cannot pick their
representatives, as party leaders have the power to name
candidates on so-called 'blocked lists', which are then
voted on.
As a result, candidates do not need to champion the
concerns of constituents so much but they do need to lobby
within their parties to get high enough on the lists to be
elected.

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