The Malta Independent 8 August 2020, Saturday

Around 17,000 Labour Party members will be voting in election for new leader

Giulia Magri Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 19:24 Last update: about 8 months ago

There are around 17,500 eligible PL members who will be voting for the new Labour Party leader and thus Malta's next Prime Minister this weekend.

This information was provided during a general conference at the PL headquarters in Hamrun on Tuesday evening. 

The general conference saw the two candidates, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne and MP Robert Abela mingle with the crowd before the conference started. When outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat took his place among the party executive, the members gave a standing ovation for Muscat. At every mention of Muscat or his work, the crowd would once again clap.

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On Saturday voting will start at 8am and end at 8pm. The result is expected in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Labour Party organised voting stations in each of Malta's 13 electorial districts. The party has also provided transport for voters from centres of towns to the voting stations to ensure each member will be able to vote.

Addressing the general conference Dean Hilli, Chairman of the Labour Party's Electoral Commission ensured that the election will be transparent and fair.

"After Sunday there will be a new leader of the party and the country and we will ensure that this process will be a success."

On Saturday the counting will take place at PL headquarters and will be filmed by the party's media, One News.

PL President Daniel Micallef read out a motion for the election, which was approved unanimously. He thanked Muscat for all his work since he was elected as party leader in 2008. "On Sunday we will see not a win for the two candidates but a win for the party and a new chapter for us." 

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