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The 2001 Italian expatriate vote: Was it worth it?

A view from the Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica college

Bruno Mascitelli, Rory Steele and Simone Battiston

This book examines the implementation and consequences of the Italian expatriate vote and representation introduced in 2001 in the external electoral colleges with special attention to the Electoral College known as Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica. The Italian elections of 2006, 2008 and 2013 were important moments where the expatriate vote was expressed providing results which Italian lawmakers may have not anticipated. Moreover, the electoral expressions of the external colleges were not always in accord with Italians ones. This study examines how the stakeholders in the Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica college understood and perceived this voting and representation facility after its implementation. What they thought in 2001 and what they think now. The study seeks the views of focus groups across numerous cities in Australia, interviews the protagonists and provides critical commentary on the future of this «right» and whether all this effort «was worth it» in providing Italians abroad with external voting and representation in elections and referendums.

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CHAPTER 5 An Interview with MP Marco Fedi The intention of this chapter was to allow the two members of the previous legislatures (2006, 2008 elections) elected for the electoral college of Africa-Asia-Oceania-Antarctica (AAOA), MP Marco Fedi and Senator Nino Randazzo the opportunity to offer their view as par- liamentarians and to explain how they manage their representation. Fedi and Randazzo at the time of this study had already been parlia- mentarians for six years and therefore the challenges and quirks of the job would be apparent to them. Moreover it was also an opportunity for the MPs to provide some public accountability in a scholarly fash- ion where they could be challenged by focus groups examining ex- actly this question. In the first election involving elected representatives from over- seas constituencies in 2006, Fedi and Randazzo convincingly won their respective seats in the House of Deputies and in the senate. Both Fedi and Randazzo were re-elected and continued their mandate in the 2008 elections. With the 2013 elections Marco Fedi stood for the third time and won while in the Senate Francesco Giacobbe (also from the Democratic Party) replaced Nino Randazzo who decided not to con- test. While two members of parliament cannot be the voice of the total of 18 from the off-shore elected contingent, an opportunity to explain how they operate and how they conduct their work was critical for an objective outcome of this study. For the purposes of this study at the time the two...

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