Municipal elections 2023 in Sicily and Sardinia: dates, cities, candidates. Voting guide

The two Regions with special statutes will go to the vote on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May. In Municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants, any ballots are set for Sunday 11 and Monday 12 June. The largest centers involved in this electoral round are all Sicilian: Catania, Ragusa, Syracuse and Trapani. Only two Sardinian Municipalities that exceed 15 thousand inhabitants, Assemini and Iglesias

The administrative elections in Sicily and Sardinia are approaching: the Municipalities involved in the vote will go to the polls on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May. Any ballots in towns with more than 15,000 inhabitants are set, as always, two weeks after the first round: therefore, we look to Sunday 11 and Monday 12 June. In all cases, on the first day of voting the operations will go on from 7 to 23, on the second from 7 to 15. The largest centers are all in Sicily: Catania, Ragusa, Trapani and Syracuse (NEWS ON MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS – THE MUNICIPALITIES IN THE BALLOT OF THE REGIONS WITH ORDINARY STATUTES – THE MAYORS ELECTED IN THE FIRST ROLL)

The municipal elections in Sicily: Municipalities with more than 15 thousand inhabitants

There are a total of 128 Sicilian municipalities that will have to elect their new mayor and renew their municipal council, 15 of which have more than 15,000 inhabitants. These are:

  • Licata (Agrigento)
  • Aci Sant’Antonio (Catania)
  • Acireale (Catania)
  • Belpasso (Catania)
  • Biancavilla (Catania)
  • Catania
  • Gravina of Catania (Catania)
  • Mascalucia (Catania)
  • Piazza Armerina (Enna)
  • Comiso (Ragusa)
  • Modica (Ragusa)
  • Ragusa
  • Carlentini (Syracuse)
  • Syracuse
  • Trapani

The candidates in Catania

Catania is currently under the guidance of Piero Mattei, extraordinary commissioner acting as mayor. Seven candidates are competing for the position of mayor. Maurizio Caserta (Pd, M5s, Verdi-Left, List for Catania, Con Bianco for Catania, È l’ora del Popolo) is in the running for the center-left, while the center-right is betting on Enrico Tarantino (Brothers of Italy, Lega, Forza Italy, Tarantino mayor, Italy first, Us with Sicily, Greater Catania, Christian Democracy). Also in the running for Palazzo degli Elefanti are Vincenzo Drago (Democratic Socialism PSDI), Giuseppe Libera (Catanese Popular Movement), Gabriele Savoca (South calls North and De Luca for Catania), Giuseppe Giuffrida (Catania resources) and Lanfranco Zappalà (Lanfranco Zappalà ).

The candidates in Ragusa

Four-way challenge for Ragusa, where the outgoing mayor Giuseppe Cassì returns. This time, however, the former sportsman will not be supported by the Brothers of Italy, as in 2018, but by a coalition of civic lists (Peppe CasSÌndaco, De Luca for Cassì, Ragusa Terra Madre, Ragusa Futura and Ragusa Prossima). In fact, the center-right is betting everything on Giovanni Cultrera (Brothers of Italy, Lega, Forza Italia, Ragusa in Movimento and Insieme). The center-left is divided: the Democratic Party supports Riccardo Schininà – together with Generazione Demos, + Ragusa, Pact for Ragusa and the Territory – while the pentastellati support Sergio Firrincieli, with the support also of the Siamo Comunità list.

Candidates in Syracuse

The race for Palazzo Vermexio was more crowded: for Syracuse there are eight names in the running. The outgoing mayor, Francesco Italia, is trying to obtain a second mandate, supported by various civic lists (Francesco Italia Mayor, Oltre Movimento per la RigenerAzione, Noi per la Città and Siracusa più verde). The candidate chosen by the centre-right is Ferdinando Messina, who runs with the support of Forza Italia, Fratelli d’Italia, Prima l’Italia- Siracusa Protagonist with Vinciullo, Insieme, Democrazia Cristiana, Laboratorio Civico and Movimento Popolare Autonomista. The center-left tries with Renata Giunta, who receives the endorsement of Pd, M5S, Renata Giunta Mayor and Loyalty and Sharing with Verdi and the Left. The other contenders for the post of mayor are the former mayor Giancarlo Garozzo (Fuori Sistema, Grande Siracusa and SiAmo Siracusa), Michele Mangiafico (Movimento Civico 4), Edy Bandiera (Udc, Salviamo Siracusa and Lista with Edy Mayor), Roberto Trigilio (South calls North De Luca and Trigilio Mayor of Sicily Vera) and Abdelaaziz Mouddih, known as ‘Aziz’, supported by Vespri Siciliani.

The candidates in Trapani

The outgoing mayor of Trapani, Giacomo Tranchida, is looking towards re-election, supported by a coalition of 10 civic lists which also includes the Democratic Party (without however presenting itself with its own symbol). Maurizio Miceli (Brothers of Italy, Forza Italia, Miceli Mayor, I love Trapani and Popolari and autonomists) is a candidate for the centre-right. The Five Star Movement tries by relying on Francesco Brillante, who also finds the support of Rinnova Trapani, Trapani with Brillante – Sicily Vera and South calls North. The fourth name in the running is that of Anna Garuccio, civic candidate together with La mia Trapani.

Municipal elections in Sardinia

The electoral round in Sardinia is more contained than in Sicily, where there are 39 Municipalities that will vote. Only two of these have more than 15,000 inhabitants. These are Assemini (Cagliari) and Iglesias (South Sardinia). In both cases three candidates challenge each other.

The candidates for Assemini

Niside Muscas is aiming for the position of mayor of Assemini and presents himself to the voters with Fratelli d’Italia, Lega and Forza Italia. Diego Corrias instead has the support of Cinque Stelle, Pd Verdi, Possibile and the Italian Socialist Party. Then there is Mario Puddu, the first to be elected together with the pentastellati 10 years ago now, who this time appears on the civic list with the support of Italia Viva, UDC, Riformatori, Sardegna 20Venti and Fortza Paris and Italia Viva.

Candidates for Iglesias

Unlike what happens in the vast majority of municipalities in the vote, in Iglesias the center-right has not managed to appear united. Thus, if Fratelli d’Italia goes to the polls with Luigi Biggio, former councilor for youth policies in the Perseu junta and outgoing city councilor, the other political forces in the center-right area support – without their symbol – Giuseppe Pes (Beppe Pes Mayor Together , Popular Center Beppe Pes Mayor, Civic Movement Iglesias Beppe Pes Mayor, New Iglesias Beppe Pes Mayor). For the centre-left there is the outgoing mayor Mauro Usai (Pd, Iglesias Progressista Mauro Usai Mayor, United for Iglesias, Idea Sardegna, Mauro Usai Mayor, Project for Iglesias, Left Autonomy Socialism for Iglesias).

How to vote in Municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants

Municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants have a majority electoral system. Everything is decided in the first round only if a candidate manages to obtain an absolute majority of votes (therefore at least 50%+1). If you stop below this threshold, you have to go to the ballot, in which only the two candidates who have received more votes than the others participate. Different rules apply in the second round: it is enough to receive a simple majority to be elected. In this way, the person who takes home even just one more vote than his opponent becomes mayor. In Municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants, separate voting can be exercised: it is therefore possible to vote for a candidate for mayor and together with a list to which he is not connected. The City Council is renewed on the occasion of the election of the new mayor. However, the electoral system with which seats are distributed is different, which follows the rules of the proportional model. 60% of the available places are attributed to the lists that support the winning candidate. The remaining 40% is divided among the other lists, in proportion to the number of votes received by each.

How to vote in Municipalities with less than 15,000 inhabitants

There are several rules valid for the smallest Municipalities, with a population that does not exceed 15,000 inhabitants. The election always follows a majority system but, unlike the larger centers, everything tends to take place in a single round. The name of the mayoral candidate who receives more preferences – just one more than his opponents – is automatically elected. A run-off only takes place if two candidates obtain exactly the same number of votes. Separate voting is not foreseen. The Municipal Council is composed as follows: two thirds of the available seats go to the winner’s list, one third is divided proportionally among the other lists.