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Revote with Rosatellum if no majority-Berlusconi (3)


Rome, February 14 - Italy should vote again with its
existing but highly criticised Rosatellum election law if no
majority emerges after the March 4 general election, ex-premier
and centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday.
"If there is no clear outcome we must go immediately to the
polls again," he said on RAI TV.
"Let us revote with this election law as fast as possible
because there would be no majority to change it (the
Rosatellum)", the three-time ex-premier and media magnate said
on the Ports a Porta show.
Asked previously about the probability of another
inconclusive result, Berlusconi has said Italian voters would
have the "good sense" to vote for the centre right the second
time around, an alliance which he said was most likely to
"guarantee stability".
He said he would tell this to President Sergio Mattarella in
the likely event of an inconclusive election.
The Rosatellum is nicknamed after former Democratic Party
Lower House whip Ettore Rosato, who framed it.
According to the Rosatellum 2 law, 36% of seats are allocated
via first-past-the-post - 232 out of 630 in the House and 116
out of 315 in the Senate - with the remaining 64% awarded via
proportional representation.
There is a 3% entry bar for individual parties and a 10% one
for coalitions.
If a party fails to reach 3%, but is part of a coalition that
gets 10% or more, that party's votes are transferred to the
biggest group in the coalition.
Voters will be faced with a single ballot slip with the names
of the candidates for the single-member constituencies - elected
via first-past-the-post - linked to the symbols of lists for the
proportional part and the relative candidates.
Unlike the never-used Italicum system that was passed in
2015, the Rosatellum does not have a system for awarding bonus
seats to the party or coalition that comes first to ensure it
has a working majority in parliament.
Indeed, many fear that the new system will fail to produce a
clear winner.
Some experts have calculated that a party or coalition will
need to get 40-42% of the vote to win the election, although
much depends on how the battles go in the winner-takes-all

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