No case for two ex­tra seats for PN

Malta Independent - - LETTERS - Eddy Priv­it­era

As the de­ci­sion on the con­sti­tu­tional case re­gard­ing the two ex­tra par­lia­men­tary seats claimed by the PN will be handed down on 7 Novem­ber, I thought of re­mind­ing read­ers the fol­low­ing:

In the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion the PL polled 167,533 first-count votes, while the PN polled 132,426 votes. The av­er­age quota for all the 13 elec­toral dis­tricts works out at 3,918, ar­rived at by adding the quo­tas of each district and then di­vid­ing the to­tal of 50,934 by 13, which gives us the av­er­age quota of 3,918 votes. Di­vid­ing the to­tal of PL votes, 167,533, by 3,918 gives the PL 42.759 seats, while di­vid­ing the to­tal of PN votes, 132,426, by 3918 gives the PN 33.799 seats. Sub­tract­ing 33.799 from 42.759 re­sults in a ma­jor­ity for the PL of 8.960 – or nine – seats, ex­actly what the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion did!

Had there not been an er­ror and the PN had won the two seats in ques­tion, the re­sult would have still given the PL a ma­jor­ity of nine, since the PL had 13 seats ma­jor­ity at the end of the vote-count­ing.

But the ma­jor­ity was low­ered to nine seats when the elec­toral com­mis­sion gave the PN an ex­tra four seats in or­der to abide by elec­toral law. Fur­ther com­ment would be su­per­flu­ous!

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