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