It is another dramatic twist after the closest general election in Italy’s history. Eight months after the nation went to the polls, voting centre-left leader Romano Prodi into office by the narrowest of margins, a significant recount is to take place. In the ballot for the lower house of parliament, voting slips from 10 percent of polling stations will be looked at again. The Italian press says that if fraud is found, a total recount could follow.
Defeated after five years in power, that is exactly what the centre-right’s Silvio Berlusconi has been demanding. Allegations of fraud have been made on both sides of the political divide. Just days ago, a partial recount of ballots in the vote for the upper house was ordered.