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