by de Gondi
Mon Apr 10th, 2006 at 03:33:27 PM EST
promoted by DoDo
Voting booths close at 15:00 h for the Italian general elections. Voting has been orderly without any significant incidents yesterday and this morning. Nexus exit polls should go on line just after 15:00 h.
Voter participation on Sunday was surprisingly higher than expected. In comparison with the last general elections held on two days in 1994, turnout was 57,3% against yesterday's 66,5%. The final tally in 1994 was 86,1%.
As Ritter reported yesterday, there has been peak turnout in traditionally center-left strongholds with an all-time record in Rome of nearly 68%. Traditional conservative areas appear to follow the general downward trend of recent elections. This is an encouraging sign that the center-right message may not have galvanized their traditional constituency to vote. However, weather was very beautiful yesterday and may have pushed many voters to take the weekend off.
Official voting results will be put on line on the Minister of the Interior site.
Updates throughout the day and night.
Nexus exit poll results for the RAI TV will be put on-line on this RAI site as of 15:00 h.
Live election results will also be available on the following sites. Although they are in Italian, the sites are user friendly and fairly easy to understand.
Il Corriere della Sera.
La Repubblica has an
on-line news services that updates every few minutes for those who read Italian.
Other non-stop public services on the web are RAI 3 and