Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Constitutional court to review election law, says newspaper


Rome, May 17 - The legitimacy of Italy's electoral
law, nicknamed the "Pig's Dinner" because it was designed to be
messy and produce instability, will soon be decided by one of
Italy's highest courts, according to newspaper reports published
Italy's Constitutional Court will review the electoral law
based on petitions signed by 27 prominent citizens presented to
the Court of Cassation, the country's top appeal court,
according to La Repubblica newspaper.
The despised law contributed to February's inconclusive
national election and led Premier Enrico Letta to vow to
eliminate it.
"It's a shameful law," lawyer Aldo Bozzi, one of the 27
signatories to the petition, told La Repubblica.
Bozzi, grandson of the first president of the Chamber of
Deputies, also described the law, passed in December 2005
shortly before a national election, as "a fraud".
The current election law has been criticized for numerous
flaws, including a concern that it awards an unfairly large
bonus to the top party in the House and does not allow voters to
pick their MPs.
That means that political party bosses, rather than local
voters, effectively decide who becomes a lawmaker by setting the
order in which candidates feature on the lists.
Some commentators have said this means politicians are more
interested in pleasing their party superiors than they are in
helping their constituents.

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