2008 Maltese general election

General elections were held in Malta on Saturday, 8 March 2008 alongside local elections. The governing Nationalist Party won a narrow victory over the Malta Labour Party.

2008 Maltese general election

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  First party Second party
  Lawrence Gonzi 2009.jpg Alfred Sant.jpg
Leader Lawrence Gonzi Alfred Sant
Party Nationalist Labour
Leader since 23 March 2004 1992
Leader's seat District 2 District 1
Last election 35 seats, 51.8% 30 seats, 48.0%
Seats won 35 34
Seat change Steady 0 Increase 4
Popular vote 143,468 141,888
Percentage 49.3% 48.8%
Swing Decrease 2.5% Increase 0.8%

Prime Minister before election

Lawrence Gonzi
Nationalist

Elected Prime Minister

Lawrence Gonzi
Nationalist

BackgroundEdit

The House of Representatives was dissolved on 4 February,[1] with elections scheduled for 8 March, the same day that local elections were to be held in 23 of 68 local councils.

ResultsEdit

Initial exit polls and statistics suggested a very close result. Preliminary results had been expected by Sunday noon but these had to be delayed until a full first count was completed.

The Nationalist Party won with 49.33% to Labour's 48.9% a difference of 1,580 votes.[2] Just under 2% of registered voters, 5,266 individuals, failed to collect their voting documents,[3] so fewer than 310,000 people were eligible to vote on 8 March 2008. In total, voter turnout was 93%, the lowest in Malta since 1971.[4]

As the Nationalist Party won the popular vote but elected only 31 Members of Parliament to Labour's 34, it was assigned an additional four seats to give the party a parliamentary majority.[5]

Two other political parties participated in this election, Democratic Alternative and National Action, but both failed to win any seats.

Twelve casual elections were held in April 2008 to fill vacancies arising from candidates elected from two districts declining their second seat. Both the Nationalist Party and Labour each elected six members in this way, leaving the overall parliamentary numbers unchanged.[6]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Nationalist Party 143,468 49.34 35 0
Malta Labour Party 141,888 48.79 34 +4
Democratic Alternative 3,810 1.31 0 0
National Action 1,461 0.50 0 New
Imperium Europa 84 0.03 0 New
Gozitan Party 37 0.01 0 New
Alpha Liberal Democrats 21 0.01 0 New
Forward Malta 8 0.00 0 New
Independents 22 0.01 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 3,415
Total 294,214 100 69 +4
Registered voters/turnout 315,357 93.03
Source: DOI, Nohlen & Stöver[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Michael Carabott, "Election on 8 March: PM shows ‘the way forward’" The Malta Independent, 5 February 2008
  2. ^ "Nationalist supporters celebrate a narrow victory", The Times of Malta, 9 March 2008.
  3. ^ "The Waiting Game: what to look out for", "The Times of Malta", 9 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Turnout drops to 93%, lowest since 1971", The Times of Malta, 9 March 2008.
  5. ^ timesofmalta.com - UPDATED: Vote counting almost completed
  6. ^ "Department of Information". Doi.gov.mt. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
  7. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1309 ISBN 9783832956097