Thirty-six million Italian voter went to the polls on Sunday (June 7) to elect new regional, municipal and provincial councils.
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MV INT Nuns voting
MV President Saragat voting
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MV Amintore Fanfani voting (2 shots)
MV Sign at polling station, PAN DOWN TO police helping woman
MV Communist leader Luigi Longo voting.
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Background: Thirty-six million Italian voter went to the polls on Sunday (June 7) to elect new regional, municipal and provincial councils.
After two years of repeated social, political and industrial crises, the country was undergoing its first major test of public opinion since the General Election of May 1968.
Among those who voted in Rome were the President Guiseppe Saragat, the Foreign Minister Amintore Fanfani, and Luigi Longo, Secretary-General of the Italian Communist Party.
The Communists, who won more than 31 per cent of the General Election vote, are expected to take at least three of the 15 new regional councils.
The regions, Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Umbria, will give the party a broad power base to carry out its fight to destroy the present centre-left Government Coalition.
The voters will elect 690 regional councillors in the 15 regions, 2,325 provincial councillors in 79 provinces, and 21,802 municipal councillors in 6,632 towns or boroughs.
Experts have not predicated any major shift in voting patterns, but even a minor shift could topple the fragile Coalition Government of Christian Democrats, Socialists, Social Democrats and Republicans.