“The Single Party has shown that it wants to keep on decreasing the popular sovereignty and the use of tools that facilitate popular participation in democratic life (referenda and popular initiative laws). The constitutional reforms under discussion would have the members of the Senate appointed by the regional councillors. The reform of the provinces and of the metropolitan cities sets out that the councillors are to be appointed by the very same town councillors previously elected to the provinces. Elected representatives that appoint elected representatives, this is in contravention of the principles of the“European Charter of Local Self-Government” that Italy signed in 1985 and that was ratified with the law 439/1989. Article 3 of this law says that councils and assemblies of local government bodies must be “... made up of members who are elected by free, secret, equal, direct and universal suffrage ...”
With this system, in future councils (and in the Senate) we’ll just have the big parties, thanks to fact that they will elect themselves without having to consult the people. They will keep on making decisions about schools, transport, the environment and land use: all these people who have definitely not been elected.
The 5 Star MoVement has always been opposed to any form of institution in between town councils and regional councils. It doesn’t matter whether such bodies are directly or indirectly elected. We believe that it should always be the citizens that elect their own legislative and administrative bodies.
However via online voting, it has decided to take part in elections for the metropolitan cities, so those local councillors elected in the M5S lists in towns that are to be part of the metropolitan cities will organize lists.
4. Territorial planning. End the thoughtless exploitation of territory. Give priority to the reconversion of areas previously used for industry and the restructuring of exist built environments. Identify agricultural areas, woodland and parks and defend them from urban sprawl."
Vito Crimi, M5S spokesperson in the Senate
PS. Candidate lists should be sent to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The name of the person leading the list (together with their basic details) needs to be sent first so that they can be vetted and given permission to use the M5S symbol. Guidelines and notes about the election procedure can be found here.