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Italy to vote in general elections after divisive campaign

Italy to vote in general elections after divisive campaign

"Your time's up!" After the activist was escorted out by police officers, Berlusconi cast his ballot and left the polling station.

In addition, new anti-fraud measures involved the time-consuming logging of individual ballot serial numbers in voter registry books, and then checking the completed ballot against them to make sure they match.

Silvio Berlusconi was approaching the ballot box with his ID and polling card when a woman interrupted.

"I am anxious that there might be some situations in which some people will not be able to vote", former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, said after he casted his vote, told reporters.

Berlusconi, 81, turned away and was escorted out. "Sincerely, I would never opt for Berlusconi, I don't think he's capable to govern again" said Paolo Mercorillo who is from Ragusa in Sicily, and said he will not vote.

After voting in Rome, 24-year-old barber Mirko Canali said: "This election campaign has been pretty squalid, including from the Democratic Party (PD), who I voted for". Similar ballot glitches were reported elsewhere, forcing the suspension of the vote in two towns in Alessandria.

In a recent article at a local Italian daily, Corriere Della Sera, Salvini was quoted saying, the issue with immigrants wasn't so much about "skin color" as the "Islamic presence in the country", which has resulted in a situation where "we are under attack; at risk are our culture, society, traditions, and way of life". Still, the movement's leader, 31-year-old Luigi Di Maio, has recently suggested he would be open to talking with potential allies.

If this happens, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, will call on parties to form a broader coalition of pre-election adversaries.

FEMEN is a radical feminist group that was founded in Ukraine in 2008 and quickly grew famous across Europe for pulling topless stunts at major political events.




He said: "The pope is infallible in doctrine, but not in church policy in the world".

In a tweet Sunday, Pietro Grasso said such delays and errors were "unacceptable". "I hope the PD will take 22 percent", he says.

MR LUCA HAMMAD, 20, while leaving a polling station in Rome. "Anyway, I have to go to Mass". In Mantova, where voters were also voting for the leadership of the Lombardy region, the logo of the Democratic Party regional candidate was printed erroneously. The final outcome is expected to be announced before Monday afternoon.

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi speaks flanked by Fratelli D'Italia party leader Giorgia Meloni and Northern League leader Matteo Salvini during a meeting in Rome Thomson Reuters ROME (Reuters) - Voting started in Italy's election on Sunday, with former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's alliance of center-right parties expected to win most seats but fall short of a parliamentary majority.

Italy's underdeveloped south, where youth unemployment runs 50 per cent or higher, and the jobless rate among all ages is almost double that in the relatively affluent north, will be a battleground for Italy's political elections.

Will a toxic election campaign lead to a far-right future for Italy?

The campaign has been marked by the prime-time airing of neo-fascist rhetoric and anti-migrant violence that culminated in a shooting spree last month against six Africans.

There is also uncertainty surrounding a new, untested electoral system and the possibility that a hung parliament could lead to lengthy coalition talks or even more elections. Polling stations will be open from 7.00 a.m.to 11.00 p.m. (0600-2200 GMT), with exit polls due immediately afterwards.

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