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GV EXT. Polling Station.
SV Nun voting.
SV People voting (3 shots)
SV President Leone voting as press watch.
Initials VS 2.48 VS 2.54
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Background: ??? voted on Sunday (12 May) in a referendum on the country's three-year-old divorce law, which has split the country politically and morally.
Observers reported some confusion among the reentry's 37 million voters because they had to vote 'Nc' if they were in favour of divorce and 'yes' if they were against.
After the divorce bill was passed in 1971 enti??? divorce groups collected over double the 500,000 signatures needed to force a referendum under the Italian constitution. The divorce law itself was a strict one, requiring ??? minimum of five years separation.
The two month campaign badly trained italy's coalition government. The Christian Democrats, Italy's biggest party, wanted the law abolished but their two coalition partners the Secialiste and Social Democrats were in favour.
Pope Paul has agreed with a statement by Italian Bishops, repeating the Catholic Church's opposition to divorce.
There were a series of minor bomb explosion during the campaign but the widespread violence that was feared near materialised.
Voting continues on Monday morning. Observers predict a close vote -- the results are expected on Monday evening.