One of Italy's smallest villages holds unusual local election

Ingria, located in the Soana Valley and surrounded by mountains, faces challenges such as population migration due to poor services and harsh winter conditions.
Ingria village located in the Soana Valley is the smallest village in Italy. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Ingria village located in the Soana Valley is the smallest village in Italy. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) - One of the world's strangest elections is underway in Ingria, a small village near Turin in northern Italy, with only 46 inhabitants.

Remarkably, 30 individuals have nominated themselves for the local election, meaning two-thirds of the village's population are candidates.

Igor De Santis, the current mayor of Ingria, is facing a tough challenge as he seeks to win the post for a fourth term in next week's local elections.

According to the Guardian, De Santis, 42, has led the administration since 2009 and anticipated competition from Renato Poletto, a 70-year-old opposition councillor.

The situation took an unexpected turn when Stefano Venuti, a Milan resident with a second home in Ingria, decided to run. “We weren’t expecting that,” De Santis remarked.

The election race became even more intriguing when Poletto announced he had secured the support of De Santis's mother, Milena Crosasso, and included her on his list for a councillor position.

Poletto's list features nine women and one man. In total, 30 people are now competing for various positions within the village council, set to be elected on June 8-9.

“I did ask [my mother] to join me but after she saw that Poletto’s list was mostly women, she decided to go with them,” De Santis explained. “They are all volunteers who have worked really hard for the village.”

Ingria, located in the Soana Valley and surrounded by mountains, faces challenges such as population migration due to poor services and harsh winter conditions.

Despite these issues, Ingria is ranked among the most beautiful villages in Italy.