Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi's party wants vote declared 'too close to call'

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Rome, February 26 - Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party on Tuesday called for the interior ministry
to stop releasing data on Italy's election results on the
grounds that the distance between the centre right and centre
left was "too close to call".
Berlusconi's centre-right coalition looked set to come
second in the contests for the both the Senate and the Lower
House, with almost all the votes counted.
But in both cases the distance separating the centre-right
and Pier Luigi Bersani's centre left was less than 1%.
"The data released by the interior ministry, as Minister
(Annamaria) Cancellieri recalled a few days ago, are only
semi-official figures that are collected with empirical methods
that are inevitably subject to a margin of error," said PdL
Secretary Angelino Alfano.
"Even if this margin is very low, it is certainly higher
than the truly small different between the votes for the top two
coalitions for the House.
"In these situations, as happens in the United States, the
authority tasked with releasing the semi-official data cannot
fail to declare 'too close to call', that it that it is
impossible to declare a winner given the tiny difference of
votes in percentage and absolute terms".

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