At stake in this Referendum:
- -The referendum would devolve some powers from the central government to local authorities.
-Local governments would have greater taxing and spending capabilities.
-Local government would also have some autonomy in health and education spending.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Carlo Azeglio CIAMPI
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Silvio BERLUSCON
- Assembly: Italy has a bicameral Parliament (Parlamento) consisting of the Senate (Senato della Repubblica) with 315 seats* and the Chamber of Deputies (Camera dei Deputati) with 630 seats.
* In addition, there are a small number of senators-for-life including former presidents of the republic.
Main provisions in the Referendum:
- Referendum to delegate more power to local authorities.
- -A majority of votes cast are required for this referendum to be enacted.
-A majority of registered voters do not have to vote in this referendum for it to be considered valid.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 56,974,100 (2001)
- Registered Voters: 49,066,417 (May 2000)
· Female Population: 29,329,420 (2001)
· Is Italy a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)
· Has Italy ratified CEDAW: Yes (10 June 1985)
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: N/A
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 62 (Chamber of Deputies); 25 (Senate) (following the 2001 elections)
· Human Development Index Position: 27 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low (2014)
· Is Italy a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
· Has Italy ratified CRPD: Yes (15 May 2009)
· Population with a disability: 8,546,115 (est.)