Today the Director General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies, Luigi Vignali, participated in the La7 TV show “Tagadà”. The show mentioned the case of a half-opened envelope containing a ballot paper in Tenerife that was reported on Facebook. He explained: “In Spain we used the most reliable local courier that assured us a fast 24-hour delivery service in the past. In all, 20,000 envelopes were delivered in the Canary Islands. The case of Tenerife is the only one reported.” He went on: “in all of Spain, 130,000 envelopes have been delivered, only 0.3% of which asked for a duplicate, which is a good yardstick” of the reliability of the delivery system.
With respect to the voting procedures abroad, “the Foreign Ministry has placed utmost attention on effectiveness and transparency: the Italian voters voting abroad are 4.3 million in 177 Countries around the world, 20% more than in the parliamentary elections of 2013,” added Mister Vignali, emphasising that voters will have to have their ballots delivered to Consulates by and no later than 4 p.m. on 1 March.