Municipal elections in Imperia 2023: who are the candidates for mayor and how to vote

On 14 and 15 May, in Imperia, people vote to elect the new mayor and to renew the municipal council. If no candidate were to collect more than half of the preferences, there would be a run-off, scheduled for 28 and 29 May. There are five names in the running

On 14 and 15 May, in Imperia, people vote to elect the new mayor of the city and to renew the city council. Polling stations on Sundays will be open from 7 to 23, and then again on Monday, from 7 to 15. If no candidate collects more than half of the preferences, they would go to the ballot, scheduled for 28 and 29 May (MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: EVERYTHING THERE IS YOU NEED TO KNOW).

Who are the 5 candidates for Imperia

There are five candidates in the Ligurian provincial capital: in addition to the outgoing mayor and former minister, Claudio Scajola, there are Ivan Bracco, Enrico Lauretti, Stefano Semeria and Luciano Zarbano. For Scajola, 75, there are three civic lists: “Avanti con Scajola”, “Together with Scajola” and “Prima Imperia”, which includes candidates from all over the centre-right. Ivan Bracco is deputy police commissioner, he is 54 years old and the centre-left has rallied around his name. With him are Pd, Psi, Si, Verdi and the civics “Imperia Rinasce” and “Imperia al Centro”. As he writes HandleSince 2010, Bracco has investigated Scajola for six different investigations, all archived except one, the one in which he allegedly favored the fugitive of the former FI deputy Amedeo Matacena. Enrico Lauretti is 69 years old, an engineer and former official of the Province: he is supported by the civic list “Società Aperta”. Stefano Semeria, on the other hand, is the candidate of the M5s: he is 46 years old and is the outgoing municipal councilor, computer scientist of the Region. Finally, Luciano Zarbano is 59 years old and runs with the civic list “Imperia without masters”.

How to vote in Imperia

Since Imperia is a municipality with more than 15,000 inhabitants, if no candidate in the first round obtains an absolute majority, then there will be a run-off between the two with the most votes. A voter, always in Municipalities with over 15,000 inhabitants, can decide to vote for a candidate for mayor and together with a list to which he is not connected: this means that separate voting is allowed. The City Council is renewed on the occasion of the election of the new mayor. The electoral system by which seats are distributed is proportional. It works like this: 60% of the available places automatically go to the lists that support the mayor who is elected. The remaining 40% is divided among the other lists in proportion to the number of votes received by each.