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Constitutional court to review election law, says newspaper

Calls increasing for end to Italy's 'pig's dinner' electoral law

Constitutional court to review election law, says newspaper

Rome, May 17 - The legitimacy of Italy's electoral law, nicknamed the "Pig's Dinner" because it was designed to be messy and produce instability, will soon be decided by one of Italy's highest courts, according to newspaper reports published Friday. Italy's Constitutional Court will review the electoral law based on petitions signed by 27 prominent citizens presented to the Court of Cassation, the country's top appeal court, according to La Repubblica newspaper. The despised law contributed to February's inconclusive national election and led Premier Enrico Letta to vow to eliminate it. "It's a shameful law," lawyer Aldo Bozzi, one of the 27 signatories to the petition, told La Repubblica. Bozzi, grandson of the first president of the Chamber of Deputies, also described the law, passed in December 2005 shortly before a national election, as "a fraud". The current election law has been criticized for numerous flaws, including a concern that it awards an unfairly large bonus to the top party in the House and does not allow voters to pick their MPs. That means that political party bosses, rather than local voters, effectively decide who becomes a lawmaker by setting the order in which candidates feature on the lists. Some commentators have said this means politicians are more interested in pleasing their party superiors than they are in helping their constituents.

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