The Malta Independent 21 November 2018, Wednesday

PN set to get two more seats to represent proportionality

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 16:19 Last update: about 2 years ago

The Nationalist Party is set to get two more seats to establish a better proportionality of the way people voted in the last election.

Labour has elected 37 candidates to the Nationalist Party’s 27 plus Marlene Farrugia on the PD ticket.

This would give Labour a nine-seat majority which, however, does not represent true proportionality of a 35,000 win, according to provisions in the Constitution. The difference in the number of seats should be seven.

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In the last election, Labour had elected 39 candidates against the PN’s 26, to which four more extra seats were added. But it was later determined that mistakes in the counting process should have led to a nine-seat majority (37-28, as is this year’s situation), with the courts determining that the PN are given two more seats midway through the past legislature.

It is likely that the two PN candidates who will be elected as “extras” are Carm Mifsud Bonnici on the fourth district and Frederick Azzopardi on the 13th. They were the ones closest to being elected before being eliminated.

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