Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Every One a Winner !

40 candidates run for office in village with only 63 voters
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
(Filed: 24/05/2006)

There are only 63 people in the medieval village of Bergolo eligible to vote in Italy's local elections on Sunday.
But they will not be stuck for choice at the ballot box: 40 candidates are running for office.
The village, which nestles in the rolling hills of Piedmont, has the dubious distinction of having more aspiring politicians per person than anywhere else in Italy. The candidates, whose ages range from 26 to 71, are running for mayor and for nine seats on the village's council.
Before a change in the electoral law in the 1990s, candidates had to gather at least 20 signatures to run, but now they merely have to declare themselves at the town hall. Many candidates only have a second home in Bergolo.
Daily Telegraph


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