Italian Constitutional referendum Results Voting 2016 Live by regions provinces Dates Opinion Poll Voter turnout Issues December 4
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, set to resign after Italians Vote No for the referendum to change country’s 68-year-old Constitution and the shape and size of the national government.
Voter Turnout: 65.47%
Italian constitutional referendum Resuts Live 2016
Final Counting Results After all votes from within Italy and overseas ballot were counted.
Star Calls for Immediate Elections
Italian constitutional referendum Resuts Live 2016 By Region
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Italian constitutional referendum Resuts Exit Polls Live 2016
- Italian PM says he takes full responsibility and would resign.
- IPR exit poll results show gap growing even more. No = 59.1 Yes = 40.9
Latest Exit Polls say NO ahead with 55% vs YES 45%. All Exit polls here.
- The Interior Ministry's website put the voter turnout at 68.33 per cent, indicating that the final turn out could be more than 70 per cent.
- Mr Renzi is widely expected to resign, but some of his allies have urged him to stay in power regardless of the result.
Italian constitutional referendum Voting Live 2016
- Voter turnout low across South Italy, where opposition to Mr Renzi’s reforms strongest.
- Turnout highest in the north Italy, with Emilia-Romagna, traditionally a bastion of the left.
- 51 million Italians are entitled to vote, including 4 million expats.
- Polls opened at 7am (0600 GMT) and were scheduled to close at 2200 GMT.
- Final results expected by early hours of Monday.
- PM Matteo Renzi urged 47 million of eligible voters to say "yes" for constitutional referendum, which is the bellwether of public support for his center-left Democratic Party.
- PM Renzi vowed to step down if the vote is negative. Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement has been campaigning against prime minister’s constitutional reforms.
- Opinion polls indicate high chances of voters voting "NO" and rejecting the referendum.
Italian constitutional referendum Result 2016 Live
What are Italians voting on?
The vote Sunday is on a constitutional referendum presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi that aims to slim down the country’s legislature, speed up lawmaking and attack the bureaucratic morass. Specifically, the overhaul would cut the number of senators by roughly two-thirds to 100, while allowing many bills to be approved by the lower house only. Mr. Renzi has argued that the referendum would give some stability to Italy, which has had 63 governments since the end of World War II.
Critics of the overhaul say the cost-cutting would be far less than what the government is claiming and would give too much power to prime ministers, eliminating important checks and balances.
Opinion polling for the Italian constitutional referendum 2016
|Date||Polling Firm||Total||Considering only Yes/No vote|
|Yes||No||None / Don't know||Lead||Yes||No||Lead|
|9 Nov 2016||Index Research||37.3||40.7||22.0||3.4||47.8||52.2||4.4|
|9 Nov 2016||Istituto Ixè||37.0||40.0||23.0||3.0||48.0||52.0||4.0|
What are the consequences of a yes vote?
Mr. Renzi and his government would remain in power. In any case, Mr. Renzi has vowed to change a law passed in 2015 that would give the winning party a strong majority through the allocation of “bonus seats.” Elections would most likely be held in 2018, when the current Parliament’s term is scheduled to end.
What are the consequences of a no vote?
Mr. Renzi would most likely resign. If he did, President Sergio Mattarella would consult with the political parties and could decide to form a caretaker government, possibly consisting of technocrats, or call early elections.
Mr. Renzi might also choose not to resign, though that appears unlikely, given his statements in recent weeks.
The political instability would probably have broader consequences throughout Europe, where populism is surging. There could also be economic repercussions, though analysts do not agree on the short- or long-term impact of a no vote.