PN elec­toral com­mis­sion has been dis­solved

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The Na­tion­al­ist Party’s elec­toral com­mis­sion that was headed by for­mer EU Com­mis­sioner Joe Borg has been dis­solved, PN gen­eral sec­re­tary Clyde Puli said on In­depth yes­ter­day.

In­ter­viewed by The Malta In­de­pen­dent editor-in-chief Rachel At­tard, Puli said: “At the mo­ment, I and a small num­ber of other peo­ple, are scout­ing to find the best can­di­dates.”

He added that once the prospec­tive can­di­dates were es­tab­lished, they would go be­fore the party’s ex­ec­u­tive for ap­proval.

Puli said that the PN’s elec­toral com­mis­sion had been ap­pointed un­der the lead­er­ship of Si­mon Busut­til, but be­fore that it had al­ways been the party’s ad­min­is­tra­tion that ap­proached po­ten­tial can­di­dates and, once they had ac­cepted the of­fer, they would ap­pear be­fore the party’s ex­ec­u­tive to be con­firmed.

Puli con­firmed that the party was once again adopt­ing this strat­egy.

Puli was also asked about the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions and who would be con­test­ing on the PN ticket. He con­firmed that apart from Frank Psaila, Michael Briguglio had also ac­cepted to con­test the elec­tions for the PN: “I think Briguglio is a very valid per­son for the party,” Puli said.

He also con­firmed that fam­ily lawyer Bernard Grech and EU vet­eran Peter Agius had also been ap­proached by the party. Puli said that in the com­ing weeks the party would be an­nounc­ing the first group of the party’s can­di­dates for the MEP elec­tions.

Asked what strat­egy the party would adopt if Par­tit Demokratiku MP Mar­lene Far­ru­gia were to con­test the MEP elec­tion, Puli said that the rel­e­vance the party had to­day was “min­i­mal.” Shift­ing the argument to whether the party would keep its third seat in the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment, the PN sec­re­tary gen­eral said that at even though the elec­tions were im­por­tant, “as mat­ters stands, we need to look at the big­ger pic­ture and our vi­sion should be the next gen­eral elec­tion that will take place at 2022.”

He added: “I will do­ing my ut­most to carry out the nec­es­sary re­forms so that we will be in gov­ern­ment.”

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