Undecided Italians face one of the country's most unpredictable elections

Undecided Italians face one of the country's most unpredictable elections

Italians go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government and a new prime minister. It's one of the most unpredictable political contests in decades.

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement, founded by comedian Beppe Grillo, is favoured to win the most votes, but is unlikely to be able to form a government on its own.

Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia has formed a right-wing coalition with the anti-immigration League and the Brothers of Italy.

Together they might win enough votes to form government.

However, the 81-year-old can't hold office until next year because of a previous conviction for tax fraud.

If the coalition triumphs, and his party wins the most votes, he could nominate the next prime minister.

If the League wins more votes than Forza Italia, then its leader Matteo Salvini could be prime minister.

The ruling Democratic Party is not entirely out of the picture either.

Former prime minister Matteo Renzi will be hoping to cobble together enough votes to form some kind of coalition.

With less than a week to go, around a third of the electorate remains undecided.

Here's how voters in the streets of Rome see the candidates.

Claudio Natale — Five Star voter

"I think I will vote for Five Star.

"It's something brand new.

"A new party, so maybe it's the right change for this country.

"It's true a lot of young people like Five Star. They have a very good website where they show all their policies and you can vote on them.

"They believe in direct democracy.

"This is the best. I hope it will be true.

"In Italy you never know, but we want to try."

Anna Giovanni — League voter

"I think I will vote for Matteo Salvini because he seems to be a more serious, stronger person and also because he is linked to Berlusconi.

"It is not true that they are all of the far-right like everyone wants you to believe.

"They are closer to the centre right which means more security, more tranquillity, because in the past five years everyone has been brought to their knees.

"There are too many taxes, too much of everything."

Francesca Svegliati - More Europe voter

"I am voting for [More Europe leader and former foreign minister] Emma Bonino.

"I think this time this will be my choice.

"It seems to me that at least Bonino has clearer ideas.

"I think other Italian voters are a bit confused.

"Elections in Italy are a problem."

Antonio Fanella — Undecided

"I am very unsure, but I will probably vote for Liberi e Uguali, a left-wing party, but I have many doubts.

"I don't love Berlusconi. I am one of those Italians who hates Berlusconi.

"I don't have confidence in Five Star, which is very populist.

"So for all these reasons I am having trouble.

"There is an economic crisis. There are a lot of people without jobs, particularly in the centre and in the south. There is a lot of anger.

"Then there is the problem of the immigrants. Immigration is regarded very badly in Italy because it is often disorganised and there is no political action on immigration.

"Immigrants too are often left to themselves, so they are then perceived by people as a source of fear or annoyance."

Giuseppe Moro and Paola Bronzini — Five Star voter

Giuseppe

"I voted before for Berlusconi because I trusted him, but now he's not the right guy anymore.

"He had the chance to do something and he didn't do it.

"Then I voted for Renzi, I believed in Renzi, we hoped that something could happen.

"Now the politics in Italy need to be wiped away and we need to start new again.

"So I think this time I will vote Five Star."

Paola

"It's the first time I will vote for Five Star.

"I am a little bit fed up with Italian politics.

"I hope that Five Star, can be something new. I trust them.

"People say they are inexperienced, but maybe it's better to be a little bit inexperienced than to be dishonest.

"Berlusconi made a lot of mistakes.

"I liked Renzi a lot in the past, but even Renzi was too sure of himself."

Eduardo Petrilli — Undecided

"I don't know who I will vote for yet.

"With all the election programs, all the politicians are great at talking but then we have to see if they deliver once they are in power.

"Perhaps I will vote for centre-right, but not Berlusconi.

"I think the League is too much.

"Maybe Brothers of Italy, but I still have to decide.

"I voted for Berlusconi in the past because he was the best alternative to the left.

"Today there is Five Star, there is the centre-right and the left which is split, so I have to think about it."