Italy’s revised electoral system
February 5, 2018 -- Italy’s general election on March 4 will see the first use of the new “Rosatellum” election law that favours coalitions. Rosatellum mixes a first-past-the-post system and proportional representation.
Proportional representation will be used to award around 61 percent of the seats -- 386 in the lower house and 193 in the upper house. A first-past-the-post system will allocate some 37 percent -- 232 in the lower house and 116 in the upper house.
Experts expect that an alliance that wins more than 40 percent of the votes in the proportional system will likely gain over 65 percent of first-past-the-post seats -- and a possible majority.
A Financial Times poll tracker has the centre-right at 37 percent of the vote, the centre-left at 28 percent and Five Star at 28 percent. Seat Projections
The word “Rosatellum” is after the politician Ettore Rosato, the Democratic leader in the Chamber of Deputies who proposed the law to adopt the voting system in Italy.