- Italians have voted to reduce the number of their lawmakers by a third
- The country's lower house had already approved a bill to reduce the number of the members of parliament
- With this, parliament will be reduced from 630 to 400 and senators from 315 to 200
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In what many Nigerians would have wished for, Italians have voted to reduce the size of their national parliament. This was as a result of a referendum held recently.
According to Wall Street Journal, early voting results show that nearly 70% of voters approved a constitutional amendment that cuts the number of lawmakers by about one third.
The referendum question ran as follows: "Do you approve the text of the Constitutional Law concerning "Amendments to Articles 56, 57 and 59 of the Constitution regarding the reduction of the number of Members of Parliament", approved by Parliament and published in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic no. 240 of 12 October 2019?
The constitutional amendment would take effect in 2023 during the next elections if confirmed.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Italy wanted to reduce its number of lawmakers as the country's parliament voted to take the action in both houses.
The lower house had approved a bill to reduce the number of the members of the parliament from 630 to 400 and senators from 315 to 200. The development is in line with the promise made by the country's main party, the Five Star Movement.
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that Senator Rochas Okorocha, representing Imo West senatorial district at the Nigerian Senate, said the only way to cut the cost in the running of legislative arm of the government in Nigeria is to reduce the number of lawmakers representing each state in the Senate and the House of Representatives to one and three respectively.
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