The politburo of the Italian Democratic Party has issued the regulations for choosing Democratic Party candidates for the Italian general election (which is to be held on 17 February 2013).
- Some 25% of candidacies will be at the disposal of the Party Secretary. (Leading cadres subjected even to Party voting would be detrimental to discipline and balance within the Party structures).
- For the rest, voting will take place on 29 and 30 December. (What do you mean that's the middle of the Christmas holidays? Of course the Party expects an outstanding effort and response in the name of democracy from Party activists).
- Those eligible to vote in these 'open' primaries are those who voted on 25 November for the election of the Secretary of the Party. (No there was nothing improper or exclusionary about the eligibility of that electorate. Evidence to the contrary is merely rightist propaganda).
- Regional Party executives may restrict this electorate further. (The regions of Tuscany, Marche, Umbria, and Lombardy displayed levels of false consciousness on 25 November that will require local adjustment to national Party standards as expressed in the South and some correct urban areas of the North).
This system is proclaimed as an extraordinary and innovative democratic renewal of Italian politics, and an example to us all of global progressive politics in action. (Mind you, the UK Labour party is just as progressive).
Above are the requirements for qualifying as a voter; all will be revealed on meeting the Party rules for becoming a candidate after the Politburo's further deliberations. Their edict will be issued next Monday.