Judg­ment on PN case for two ex­tra par­lia­men­tary seats post­poned to 25 Novem­ber

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

The judg­ment in the case re­gard­ing two ex­tra par­lia­men­tary seats that the PN is fight­ing for, claim­ing that mis­takes by the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion led to it hav­ing a smaller mi­nor­ity in the House, has been put off to 25 Novem­ber.

Sched­uled for yes­ter­day, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court led by Chief Jus­tice Sil­vio Camil­leri has post­poned its de­ci­sion, which will now be given on 25 Novem­ber.

In May of this year, Madame Jus­tice Lor­raine Schem­bri Or­land had ruled that the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion should re­pair the mis­takes that were com­mit­ted dur­ing the vote count­ing process and award two ad­di­tional seats to the Na­tion­al­ist Party.

The PL had ap­pealed and the case is now be­ing heard be­fore three judges.

The PN in­sists that it lost the elec­tion by seven par­lia­men­tary seats not nine, and that this was a re­sult of two mis­takes on vote­count­ing day.

It says that PN can­di­dates Claudette But­tigieg and Fred­er­ick Az­zopardi failed to be elected from the eighth and 13th districts re­spec­tively due to er­rors in the count­ing process.

At the hear­ing of the Labour Party ap­peal in Septem­ber, 10 Labour min­is­ters and par­lia­men­tary sec­re­taries had turned up in the court room, a move which the Na­tion­al­ist Party had in­ter­preted as be­ing one of in­tim­i­da­tion.

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