55 polling stations opened in Italy for Romania’s presidential elections runoff
The total number of expressed votes in the first round stood at 25,089 and for the presidential elections runoff a higher presence is expected, given that in the past two weeks information on the existence and addresses of the 55 polling stations – the highest number organized in a foreign country for this poll – reached much more Romanian citizens.
The five diplomatic missions – the Embassy in Rome, the general consulates in Milano, Torino, Bologna and Treviso – recommended to the electorate to come in time to the polling stations, earlier in the day, if possible, in order to avoid the crowding at noon and lately in the afternoon. The number and addresses of the 55 polling stations remained unchanged from the first round on Nov. 22, they covering in general the map of Romanians’ presence in Italy, with at least a polling station in 17 of the 20 regions of the country.
The highest number of polling stations can be found in the regions with large Romanian communities: Lazio (13), Lombardia (8), Piemonte (6), Veneto (5), Toscana (4), Friuli Venezia Giulia and Emilia Romagna (3 each), Umbria, Calabria and Marche (2 each) and a polling station each in the regions of Abruzzo, Sardegna, Campania, Puglia, Sicilia, Liguria and Trentino-Alto Adige.
According to the official data, some 850,000 Romanian citizens live in Italy, but there is also a high number of Romanians failing to register their residence in the Peninsula, the total unofficially estimated number being of 1.1 – 1.3 million.