Labor could deliver fatal blow to PN in Malta’s 6th district
Malta’s 6th District candidates are going all out in this general election as party heavyweights battle for one of the coveted MP seats with some major figures set to miss out.
Lovin Malta takes a look at each district to give you a step-by-step guide ahead of the election, arming you with the tools to make a decision that will have an impact until 2027.
Next comes the 6th district, which covers Luqa, Qormi and Siġġiewi.
What happened in previous elections?
The Labor Party won 60% of the vote in 2017, securing a three-seat majority in the process, following a common trend in previous elections.
However, the PL’s majority has grown election after election – and this time around the party is on the cards to secure four seats.
The Labor Party could win four seats and deal a mortal blow to the PN
Labor won three of the five available seats in the 2017 general election, but has a real chance of coming away with four this time around.
The loss of Clyde Puli, who won 2,500 votes at the first count in 2017, has opened a major hole in the PN which may struggle to bring new faces into parliament. Puli also represents a large number of disgruntled PN voters who are unhappy with the way Adrian Delia was ousted as party leader.
Ryan Callus, who was elected ahead of Puli last time out, looks almost certain to win a seat for the PN. However, it remains to be seen whether candidates like Alessia Psaila Zammit and Jerome Caruana Cilia will be able to capitalize and seize the opportunity.
They face an intense challenge from the Labor Party, which has three key ministers and one MP running in the district. Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg is one of the country’s most popular cabinet members, but he was not elected to the constituency in 2017 and hopes to ensure that does not happen again.
Minister Roderick Galdes was elected in the district in every election he contested, while Minister Silvio Schembri performed well in the region.
Rosianne Cutajar, who was elected from the district in 2017 after an informal election, is working hard to ensure she is elected the first time around. There was controversy with allegations of treatment in the area as they fought.
The district is the home district of Prime Minister Robert Abela. He received more than 3,400 votes at the first count in 2017, but is not taking part this time around, freeing up a slew of votes for hungry candidates.
Abela’s popularity there could also galvanize party supporters, tipping the balance towards a four-seat majority.
Informal elections could also play their part, with Borg and Schembri likely to be elected in several constituencies.
ADPD’s Sandra Gauci could also have an impact on the result. Although she is unlikely to be elected, she could potentially swallow votes that would otherwise have gone to more established candidates.
What are the main problems facing the locality?
Just like most of Malta, the 6th District faces overdevelopment, construction and frontline traffic, but it also has large farming communities that can sway support.
Nevertheless, expect the party loyalists to have the biggest impact and it will likely be to the PL’s advantage. Meanwhile, giveaways and treats are rampant in the area and could really have the final say on which contestants make the cut.
Who will come out on top?
All indications point to a four-seat PL majority unless the PN is set for a sweeping change in the district. However, if the PL fails to do so, expect a Cabinet member to be the one missing.
Who do you think will win?