The Malta Independent 13 June 2024, Thursday
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Updated: Metsola smashes Simon Busuttil’s record with 87,473 votes; Agius Saliba tops Dalli

Sunday, 9 June 2024, 20:08 Last update: about 3 days ago

The Nationalist Party's lead candidate Roberta Metsola has smashed the previous record for the highest votes ever received by one candidate during a European Parliament election, as she has received over 87,473.

The previous record for the highest tally for a single candidate was Simon Busuttil's tally of 68,782 votes in the 2009 MEP election as he was elected for the PN.

With a quota estimated to be of around 38,500 votes, it means that Metsola has achieved more than double a quota.

Most of her number two preferences went to her long-time friend David Casa, who jumped from the fourth place on the PN list to be elected as one of three PN MPs.

Casa is the only MEP who has served Malta for all the legislatures since Malta became an EU member in 2004.

For Labour, Alex Agius Saliba just beat Miriam Dalli's 2019 record, obtaining 63,899, which tops the 63,438 obtained by Dalli five years ago. Daniel Attard inherited the highest number of votes from him, and went on to also be elected.

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