Seven nom­i­na­tions for Jean Pierre De­bono’s Par­lia­men­tary seat, one PD can­di­date to con­test

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

A total of seven nom­i­na­tions for PN MP Jean Pierre De­bono’s Par­lia­men­tary seat had been re­ceived by the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion by yes­ter­day’s dead­line. The casual elec­tion will be held on 3 Oc­to­ber.

Three nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived last Wed­nes­day, two more were re­ceived on Fri­day, and the final two were re­ceived yes­ter­day.

Na­tion­al­ist Party can­di­dates Sam Abela, Dou­nia Borg, David Vas­sallo, Peter Mi­callef An­toine Borg and Ian Vas­sallo will be con­test­ing the elec­tion. One PD can­di­date, Lee Bugeja Bar­tolo, will also be con­test­ing. He re­ceived fewer than 100 votes in the gen­eral elec­tion.

In or­der to be elected in a casual elec­tion, the suc­cess­ful can­di­date has to win at least half the number of votes as the per­son orig­i­nally elected which means that a PD can­di­date will need half the total number of votes cast for De­bono.

All the Na­tion­al­ist can­di­dates in the sev­enth district have said that, if they are elected, they will give up their seat to the new PN leader Adrian Delia. Given that the odds of the PD can­di­date be­ing elected are re­mote, it seems that Delia will be tak­ing up a seat in Par­lia­ment.

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