Ca­sual elec­tion on Tues­day morn­ing

Keep your eyes on the road – Trans­port Malta warns in new video

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Clifton Grima

A ca­sual elec­tion will be held on Tues­day morn­ing for the par­lia­men­tary seat va­cated by former min­is­ter Leo Brincat, who took up his new job at the Euro­pean Court of Au­di­tors this week.

As of yes­ter­day’s dead­line for nom­i­na­tions to fill the ninth elec­toral district seat, nom­i­na­tions had been re­ceived from: Clifton Grima, Emanuel Mi­callef, Si­mon Sal­iba and Nikita Zam­mit Ala­mango.

The count­ing of bal­lot pa­pers will be­gin at 9 am on Tues­day at the Naxxar Count­ing Com­plex.

Clifton Grima in pole po­si­tion

Mount Carmel CEO Clifton Grima ap­pears to be in pole po­si­tion in the race to fill Mr Brincat’s seat, hav­ing ob­tained 1,464 first count votes in the ninth district in the last gen­eral elec­tion.

The most suc­cess­ful can­di­date on the district was Com­pet­i­tive­ness (former Home Af­fairs) Min­is­ter Manuel Mal­lia, who had gar­nered 2,950 votes. Leo Brincat came sec­ond and (former Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary) Michael Fal­zon placed third with 1,892 votes.

Clifton Grima ob­tained more than twice the num­ber of votes of the next per­son in line – Si­mon Sal­iba, who has 678 votes. The rest, in the or­der in which they placed, are Nikita Zam­mit Ala­mango, Sig­mund Mif­sud, Emanuel Mi­callef, Vic­tor Paul El­lul and An­thony Mif­sud Bon­nici.

Can­di­dates will have to reach 50% of the quota set dur­ing the elec­tion proper, which was 3,934 votes. This means that the quota for the ca­sual elec­tion would be 1,917 votes.

The can­di­dates would ‘lose’ all their first count votes and ef­fec­tively start on a level play­ing field.

Their chances of elec­tion will de­pend heav­ily on the votes they shed when they were elim­i­nated in the count­ing process (they would win most of them back) and the sec­ond pref­er­ence votes in Mr Brincat’s vote packet.

In the un­likely even­tu­al­ity that no can­di­date reaches a quota, the PL would co-opt some­body to fill the va­cated seat. Trans­port Malta yes­ter­day re­leased a new video warn­ing about the dan­gers of dis­tracted driv­ing.

The one-minute clip tells the story of a mother who runs over a cy­clist while tex­ting her hus­band pic­tures of the birth­day cake she has just bought for their daugh­ter.

The clip is part of the ‘Re­spect on the road’ cam­paign, which has var­i­ous phases and will con­tinue over the com­ing weeks. The cam­paign’s mes­sages are be­ing aired on TV, so­cial me­dia and ra­dio sta­tions.

Trans­port Malta and the Malta Road Safety Coun­cil have em­barked on an ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign to raise aware­ness on road safety. The cam­paign is ex­pand­ing on other is­sues over the com­ing weeks with the aim of rais­ing the level of driv­ing and to make roads safer.

In this con­text, Trans­port Malta wel­comed the launch of the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the penalty point sys­tem for all driv­ers. “This is a step to­wards im­prov­ing road safety,” it said.

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