The Italian government announced this Wednesday that the constitutional referendum to downsize Parliament will take place on the same day as the regional elections on September 20 and 21.
In those days, the elections were already planned in the Italian regions of Veneto, Tuscany, Campaña, Liguria, Marche, Apulia and Aosta Valley.
The proposal, which is to be voted on in the constitutional referendum, provides for the seats in both chambers to be reduced by a third, so that the Chamber of Deputies would increase from 630 to 400 seats and the Senate from 315 to 200 seats.
The two chambers have already agreed to reduce their size, but the constitution stipulates that it must undergo a referendum. The consultation was originally planned for spring, but was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This change is an initiative by the 5-star movement (M5S), which considers it part of their struggle to end the privileges of the political elite, which they attribute to excessive corruption.