Two hundred thousand voters called to the polls in Sardinia for the administrative sessions on Sunday 12 June in 65 municipalities. Among these, the possible end of the runoff on June 26 in the only provincial capital, Oristano, and in Selargius, an important center in the Cagliari hinterland of almost thirty thousand inhabitants. Both are considered strongholds of the center-right and the result will constitute a test for the Lega-Psd’Az traction regional council to the extent that the candidates on the field fail to prevail in the first round. An obscure victory could be the indicator of something that is not working in the coalition that supports the president of the region Christian Solinas. Next Sunday’s session will also be remembered for the considerable number of municipalities in which only one list was presented: 27 out of 65 where a quorum of 40% must be reached for the vote to be valid. In the list of monolists it is surprising to see Carloforte and Arzachena, two large and important municipalities, above all from a tourist point of view. Among the coastal centers, mayors and municipal councils are renewed also in Pula (southern Sardinia), Bari Sardo (Ogliastra) and Stintino (Sassari). However, the most awaited competition remains that of Oristano.

Here four candidates face off: the outgoing deputy mayor Massimiliano Sanna for the center-right, Efisio Sanna for the center-left, Sergio Locci and Filippo Murgia supported by two civic lists. In support of the center-left candidate there is also the M5s which presented a list of his, which is not obvious given the traditional “lack of confidence” of the movement with local elections. The center-right is favored but it must be remembered that the coalition did everything to complicate life before choosing the name of the candidate: the negotiations overlapped those for the reshuffle of the regional executive led by Solinas, ending up being engulfed by them.

Verify that, according to what is learned, the governor has decided to postpone until after June 12, perhaps also to “weigh” better in the light of the results the strength of the government allies who are asking to be represented in the council. And always after the municipal councils, the majority decided to postpone the interlocution to implement the omnibus 2 law, a much-awaited budget adjustment on the island but which probably will not arrive in the regional council before August. The situation in Selargius is also particular, where the PSD’As (party of the President of the Region) takes the field with the Pd and Cinquestelle to face the center-right allies with which it governs the Region. The vote of 12 June shortly follows the appeal by the Government of the Sardinian law which has brought from three to four the maximum number of mandates allowed for the mayors of municipalities with less than three thousand inhabitants, and from two to three those for the mayors of centers between three and five thousand inhabitants. Provision challenged but in force until the ruling of the Constitutional Court. For this reason, the eventual election of those who, like the mayor of Bitti Giuseppe Ciccolini and the outgoing of Serri, Sagama, Siamanna and Badesi, stand for a fourth term will be legitimate.

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