The 2016 Italian local elections were held on 5 June, with a run-off, where necessary if a candidate for Mayor obtained less than 50 percent of votes in the first round, held on 19 June.[1]

In Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol the elections were held on 8 May (second round on 22 May),[2] in Aosta Valley on 15 May.[3] Municipal councilors and mayors ordinarily serve a term of five years.

Voting system

All mayoral elections in Italy in cities with a population higher than 15,000 use the same system.

Under this system voters express a direct choice for the mayor or an indirect choice voting for one of the parties of the candidate's coalition. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the top two candidates go to a second round two weeks later. The coalition of the elected mayor is guaranteed a majority of seats in the council with the attribution of extra seats, but the majority bonus system is not adopted by the cities of Trentino-Alto Adige. If a Mayor resigns, dies or is ousted from office after more than half the municipal councillors stepped down, an early municipal election (for the Mayor and for all municipal councillors) is called.

The City Council is elected at the same time as the mayor. Voters can vote for a list of candidates and can express up to two preferences for candidates of said list. In case of two preferences, they must be given to candidates of both genders. Seats are the attributed to parties proportionally, and for each party the candidates with the highest number of preferences are elected.

Opinion polling

Further information: Opinion polling for the Italian local elections, 2016


Majority of each coalition in 149 municipalities (comuni) with a population higher than 15,000:

Coalition Comuni
Centre-right coalition 37
Centre-left coalition 23
Five Star Movement 21
Left-wing coalition 5

Notes: almost all political parties and coalitions in local (municipal and regional) elections usually run with the support of some minor allied list active in local politics forming coalitions under the same nominee as the mayoral candidate, only M5S ran in all elections with a single list (that is the list of M5S under the M5S nominee as the mayoral candidate without forming coalitions with minor local lists or other national parties). Civic (lista civica) is a local list.

Party results

Party votes in the main 132 municipalities:[4]

Party votes %
Democratic Party 949,510 18.8%
Five Star Movement 878,828 17.4%
Italian Left and allied 407,915 8.1%
Forza Italia 366,456 7.2%
Northern League 260,511 5.2%
Brothers of Italy 230,554 4.6%
New Centre-RightUnion of the Centre 103,020 2.0%
Other centre-left lists 610,548 12.1%
Other centre-right lists 466,483 9.2%
Other right-wing lists 140,477 2.8%
Other left-wing lists 102,496 2.0%
Other centrist lists 96,435 1.9%
Others 444,442 8.8%

Coalition results

Coalition results in the main municipalities:

Coalition Votes %
Centre-left coalition 1,736,776 32.2%
Centre-right coalition 1,155,106 21.4%
Five Star Movement 989,610 18.4%
Left-wing coalition 459,445 8.5%
Right-wing coalition 446,880 8.3%
Centrist coalition 119,688 2.2%
Others 478,055 8.9%

Mayoral election results

Cities Population Incumbent mayor Party Elected mayor Party Details
Benevento 63,489 Fausto Pepe Centre-left Clemente Mastella Centre-right
Bologna 386,386 Virginio Merola Centre-left Virginio Merola Centre-left Details
Bolzano 102,575 Michele Penta[5] none Renzo Caramaschi Centre-left
Brindisi 88,355 Cesare Castelli[6] none Angela Carluccio Centre
Cagliari 154,400 Massimo Zedda Centre-left Massimo Zedda Centre-left
Carbonia 28,882 Giuseppe Casti Centre-left Paola Massidda Five Star
Caserta 79,640 Maria Grazia Nicolò[7] none Carlo Marino Centre-left
Cosenza 67,679 Angelo Carbone[8] none Mario Occhiuto Centre-right
Crotone 58,881 Peppino Vallone Centre-left Ugo Pugliese Centre
Grosseto 78,630 Emilio Bonifazi Centre-left Antonfrancesco Vivarelli Colonna Centre-right
Isernia 22,025 Vittorio Saladino[9] none Giacomo D'Apollonio Right-wing
Latina 117,892 Giacomo Barbato[10] none Damiano Coletta Centre-left
Milan 1,343,163 Giuliano Pisapia Centre-left Giuseppe Sala Centre-left Details
Naples 980,716 Luigi de Magistris Left-wing Luigi de Magistris Left-wing Details
Novara 104,388 Andrea Ballarè Centre-left Alessandro Canelli Right-wing
Olbia 53,307 Gianni Giovannelli Centre-left Settimo Nizzi Centre-right
Pordenone 50,583 Claudio Pedrotti Centre-left Alessandro Ciriani Centre-right
Ravenna 153,740 Fabrizio Matteucci Centre-left Michele De Pascale Centre-left
Rimini 147,793 Andrea Gnassi Centre-left Andrea Gnassi Centre-left
Rome 2,864,348 Francesco Paolo Tronca[11] none Virginia Raggi Five Star Details
Salerno 140,608 Vincenzo Napoli[12] Centre-left Vincenzo Napoli Centre-left
Savona 60,661 Federico Berruti Centre-left Ilaria Caprioglio Centre-right
Turin 892,649 Piero Fassino Centre-left Chiara Appendino Five Star Details
Trieste 204,590 Roberto Cosolini Centre-left Roberto Dipiazza Centre-right
Varese 79,793 Attilio Fontana Centre-right Davide Galimberti Centre-left

References and notes

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Normativa e istruzioni". 2016-04-18. Archived from the original on April 18, 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-25.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Regione Valle d'Aosta". Archived from the original on April 18, 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-25.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Amministrative 2016: tutti i numeri (1)". Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  5. ^ Special Commissioner replacing mayor Luigi Spagnolli (Democratic Party) since November 2015.
  6. ^ Special Commissioner replacing mayor Cosimo Consales (Democratic Party) since February 2016.
  7. ^ Special Commissioner replacing mayor Pio Del Gaudio (Forza Italia) since June 2015.
  8. ^ Special Commissioner replacing mayor Mario Occhiuto since February 2016.
  9. ^ Special Commissioner replacing mayor Luigi Brasiello (Democratic Party) since September 2015.
  10. ^ Special Commissioner replacing mayor Giovanni Di Giorgi (Brothers of Italy) since June 2015.
  11. ^ Special Commissioner replacing mayor Ignazio Marino (Democratic Party) since November 2015.
  12. ^ Deputy Mayor who obtained the official title and the administrative power of Interim Mayor in June 2015 when mayor Vincenzo De Luca was elected President of Campania.