European Interest

Malta: Electronic counting of the votes for the first time

A view of Valletta, the capital of Malta.

Malta will be carrying out electronic counting of the votes for the first time. Previously all elections in the country have had manual counts.

With an average turnout of 78,66% for the last three European elections since it became an EU member state, Malta is by far the country with the largest turnout where voting is not compulsory.

Voting is only possible in person – on the official election day, or by voting earlier on 18 May. Electronic voting, postal voting and vote by proxy are not possible. To facilitate voting, the Maltese government will subsidise the travel costs from various European countries for Maltese registered voters who are away from the country at the time of the election.

Only two parties monopolise power in the country, the Labour (PL) and the Nationalist (PN), which are members of the S&D Group and the EPP Group respectively. The country is the target of EU investigations concerning rampant corruption. Citizenship sale and Golden visas’ industry is flourishing in the country.

In 2014 European elections the Labour and the Nationalist parties won 3 seats each.

According to the latest polls the ruling Labour party enjoy support of more than 56% of the voters while the Nationalist seems to be in electoral retreat (37%. By consequence it is expected that the PL wins 4 seats and the PN 2.

European elections will take place on 25 May. The electoral system has no threshold for access to the European Parliament.

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