Two ex­tra seats: Vic­tory for hope and per­se­ver­ance, PN leader says

Malta Independent - - NEWS - ■ He­lena Grech

The court judg­ment giv­ing the Na­tion­al­ist Party two ex­tra seats in Par­lia­ment is a vic­tory for hope and per­se­ver­ance, leader Si­mon Busut­til said yes­ter­day.

An­nounc­ing a rally for sup­port­ers later in the evening to cel­e­brate this win, Dr Busut­til said that the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion must im­me­di­ately meet to es­tab­lish the way that the PN will have two more Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment as quickly as pos­si­ble.

The PN has been wait­ing for three and a half years for this judg­ment, with the Labour Party and govern­ment do­ing their best to pro­cras­ti­nate the le­gal process as much as they could.

“We are open to re­forms in the elec­toral sys­tem,” he said, but the mis­takes com­mit­ted in 2013 must be rec­ti­fied now. “We are not at­tack­ing the sys­tem,” he added, “but we made our claim fol­low­ing er­rors that were com­mit­ted.”

Yes­ter­day’s judg­ment shows that the Labour Party’s nine-seat ma­jor­ity has been whit­tled down to just six seats, given that Mar­lene Far­ru­gia re­signed from the Labour Party to form her own move­ment.

Dr Busut­til slammed the PL for “drag­ging their feet” and try­ing to stall the con­clu­sions of this case for as long as pos­si­ble.

“First, when we filed the case in court they ig­nored it com­pletely. When the courts ruled in our favour they woke up and said they should be in­cluded in the case. Next, they try to file sep­a­rate cases so that court pro­ceed­ings would be stalled even fur­ther,” he said.

He de­scribed the vic­tory, al­most four years on, to be a moral vic­tory and a way for which the public can be as­sured that their vote counts and er­rors will be rec­ti­fied.

When asked whether the PN is go­ing to in­sist on Con­sti­tu­tional re­form in or­der to avoid fu­ture mis­takes tak­ing place, Dr Busut­til said that the pri­or­ity at this stage is to see that the party is given two ex­tra par­lia­men­tary seats im­me­di­ately. He added that the party is open to re­form that would limit the amount of er­rors tak­ing place within the vot­ing process.

We are open to re­forms in the elec­toral sys­tem. We are not at­tack­ing the sys­tem, but we made our claim fol­low­ing er­rors that were com­mit­ted.

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