CONFIRMED: Edwin Vassallo and Peter Micallef elected to Parliament, swearing-in date to be determined
Edwin Vassallo and Peter Micallef were elected to Parliament yesterday following a Constitutional Court ruling on Friday that warded Nationalist Party two extra parliamentary seats, albeit three years late.
The Electoral Commission met yesterday to determine which two candidates who contested the 2013 General Election on the PN ticket were to take seats in the House of Representatives in the wake of the landmark court ruling.
The Constitutional Court granted two extra seats to the Nationalist Party following errors in the counting process in the last general election. The Labour Party will not lose any seats, which means that, for the first time Parliament will have a total of 71 members.
Sources within the Electoral Commission told this newsroom that the President of Malta has been informed of yesterday’s decision but it is not yet clear if an official letter has been sent. After the President receives the official notice, it is expected that the Speaker
of the House of Representatives will then be officially informed and the swearing-in ceremony for two additional Members of Parliament will take place.
A PN representative told The Malta Independent on Sunday yesterday that the party wants the two representatives to be sworn in right away.
This was an unprecedented situation, which the Electoral Commission had a month to solve, but the Commission took just two hours yesterday to come up with a solution. It decided to elect the two PN candidates who were closest to being elected out of all the districts, as opposed to the other alternative, which would have been to allow the PN to co-opt a new MP of their choosing.
Mr Vassallo will now resign his post as Mosta mayor to take his place in the House of Representatives. Mr Vassallo had previously served as parliamentary secretary in a Nationalist government.
He was elected in five consecutive elections between 1996 and 2008 but lost his parliamentary seat in 2013, and has now been reelected following this week’s Constitutional Court ruling.
Peter Micallef will also be returning to Parliament, having been elected in a casual election in 2010 to fill the seat vacated by John Dalli, who had resigned from Parliament to become European Commissioner.
In February 2015, The Malta Independent had indicated that Mr Vassallo and Dr Micallef were the two candidates most likely to be elected if the PN were to win the court case it instituted following the discovery that mistakes had been made in the 2013 General Election vote counting process.