GENERAL ELECTIONS '13:
9th March, 2013


PROCLAMATIONS



PROCLAMATION

The Palace, Valletta, Malta.
7th January, 2013.

H.E. the President of Malta, Dr. George Abela, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister Dr. Lawrence Gonzi, today issued the Proclamation dissolving the House of Representatives and calling for fresh general elections for the House, to be held on Saturday, 9th March, 2013.


Full text of the Proclamation I, by the President of Malta:

PROKLAMA

ANNO DOMINI 2013 .............................. NO. I

PROCLAMATION
BY THE PRESIDENT OF MALTA

(L.S.)

(Sgd.) GEORGE ABELA
President

WHEREAS it is provided by subarticle (1) of article 76 of the Constitution of Malta that the President of Malta may at any time by proclamation dissolve the Parliament of Malta;

AND WHEREAS it is provided by subarticle (5) of article 76 of the Constitution of Malta that in the exercise of his aforesaid power the President of Malta shall act in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister;

AND WHEREAS I have been advised by the Prime Minister to dissolve Parliament from the 7th day of January, 2013;

NOW, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers vested in me as aforesaid, I, GEORGE ABELA, President of Malta, do hereby notify and proclaim that the Parliament of Malta be and is hereby dissolved from the 7th day of January, 2013.

Made at the Palace, Valletta, this 7th day of January, 2013.


By Authority,

(Sgd). LAWRENCE GONZI
Prime Minister



Full text of the Proclamation II, by the President of Malta:

PROKLAMA

ANNO DOMINI 2013 .............................. NO. II

PROCLAMATION
BY THE PRESIDENT OF MALTA
(L.S.)

(Sgd.) GEORGE ABELA
President

WHEREAS article 77 of the Constitution of Malta provides that there shall be held a general election of members of the House of Representatives at such time within three months after every dissolution of Parliament as the President of Malta, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, shall by proclamation appoint;

AND WHEREAS Parliament was dissolved on the 7th day of January, 2013;

AND WHEREAS I have been advised by the Prime Minister to appoint the 9th day of March, 2013 as the time when a general election shall be held;

NOW, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers vested in me as aforesaid, I, GEORGE ABELA, President of Malta, DO HEREBY NOTIFY AND PROCLAIM that I appoint the 9th day of March, 2013 as the time when there shall be held a general election of members of the House of Representatives.

Made at the Palace at Valletta, this 7th day of January, 2013.


By Authority,

(Sgd). LAWRENCE GONZI
Prime Minister



Full text of the Writ to the Electoral Commissioners, by the President of Malta:

GENERAL ELECTIONS ACT (CAP. 354)

The Writ by the President of Malta dated 7th January, 2013 reproduced hereunder, is published for the purpose of Article 44(2) of the General Elections Act (Chap. 354).

SALV. GAUCI
Chief Electoral Commissioner

7th January, 2013.

GENERAL ELECTIONS ACT, 1991


Writ by the President of Malta

TO Mr. Saviour Gauci
Chief Electoral Commissioner

AND

Dr. Joseph Mary Buttigieg
Mr. Mario Callus
Mr. Vanni Ganado
Mr. Salvu Sant
Mr Joseph Scicluna
Mr. Tony Sultana
Dr. Raymond Zammit
Dr. Joseph Zammit Maempel

Electoral Commissioners appointed for conducting the election of Members of the House of Representatives.

WHEREAS an election of Members of the House of Representatives is to be held for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth Electoral Divisions;

YOU ARE HEREBY COMMISSIONED to cause an election of Members of the House of Representatives to be held according to law.



GIVEN AT THE PALACE,
Valletta, in the Island of Malta,
This 7th day of January, 2013.

Signed: GEORGE ABELA
President



Full text of the Writ to the Electoral Commissioners, by the President of Malta:

GENERAL ELECTIONS ACT, 1991


The Writ by His Excellency the President of Malta dated 21st March, 2013 reproduced hereunder, is published for the purpose of sub-section (2) of Article 44 of the General Elections Act, (Cap. 354).


SALV. GAUCI
Chief Electoral Commissioner

21st March, 2013.


GENERAL ELECTIONS ACT, 1991

Writ by the President of Malta



TO
Mr. Salv. Gauci
Chief Electoral Commissioner

AND

Dr. Joseph Mary Buttigieg
Mr. Mario Callus
Mr. Vanni Ganado
Mr. Salvu Sant
Mr. Joseph Scicluna
Mr. Tony Sultana
Dr. Joseph Zammit Maempel
Dr. Raymond Zammit

Electoral Commissioners appointed for conducting the election of Members of the House of Representatives.

WHEREAS in terms of subsection (2) of section 109 of the General Elections Act, Cap. 354),

Mr Evarist Bartolo, B.A.(Hons.), M.Ed. (Wales), M.P., elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Tenth and Twelfth Electoral Divisions;
Mr Louis Grech, B.A., M.A. (Oxon.), M.P. elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the First and Eleventh Electoral Divisions;
Dr. Emanuel Mallia, LL.D., M.P., elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Ninth and Tenth Electoral Divisions;
Dr. Joseph Muscat, K.U.O.M., B.Comm., B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Eur. Studies)., Ph.D. (Bristol), M.P., elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Second and Fourth Electoral Divisions; and
Prof. Edward Scicluna, B.A. (Hons.) Econ., D.S.S. (Oxon.), M.A. Econ. (Toronto)., Ph.D. Econ. (Toronto)., M.P., elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Fifth and Eigth Electoral Divisions;

have vacated their seats in the Twelfth, First, Tenth, Second and Eighth Electoral Divisions respectively;

YOU ARE HEREBY COMMISSIONED to cause an election of a Member of the House of Representatives for each of the Twelfth, First, Tenth, Second and Eighth Electoral Divisions, to be held according to the law to fill the seats so vacated.



GIVEN AT SAN ANTON PALACE, in the Island of Malta,
This 21st day of March, 2013.


Signed: GEORGE ABELA
President

By Authority,

(Sgd). JOSEPH MUSCAT
Prime Minister


Full text of the Writ to the Electoral Commissioners, by the President of Malta:

GENERAL ELECTIONS ACT, 1991


The Writ by His Excellency the President of Malta dated 22nd March, 2013 reproduced hereunder, is published for the purpose of sub-article (2) of Article 44 of the General Elections Act, (Cap. 354).


SALV. GAUCI
Chief Electoral Commissioner

25th March, 2013.


GENERAL ELECTIONS ACT, 1991

Writ by the President of Malta



TO
Mr. Salv. Gauci
Chief Electoral Commissioner

AND

Dr. Joseph Mary Buttigieg
Mr. Mario Callus
Mr. Vanni Ganado
Mr. Salvu Sant
Mr. Joseph Scicluna
Mr. Tony Sultana
Dr. Joseph Zammit Maempel
Dr. Raymond Zammit

Electoral Commissioners appointed for conducting the election of Members of the House of Representatives.

WHEREAS in terms of subsection (2) of section 109 of the General Elections Act, Cap. 354),

Dr. Lawrence Gonzi, K.U.O.M., LL.D., M.P., elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Second and Seventh Electoral Divisions;
Mr. Robert Arrigo, M.P., elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Ninth and Tenth Electoral Divisions;
Dr. Simon Busuttil, M.A. (Sussex), M'JURIS, LL.D., M.P. elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Ninth and Eleventh Electoral Divisions;
Mr. George Pullicino, B.E.& A. (Hons.), A. & C.E., M.P., elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Ninth and Tenth Electoral Divisions;
Dr. Joe Cassar, M.D., P.D.F.Psych.(Yale), Cert. Psych.(USA), M.P., elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Seventh and Eleventh Electoral Divisions; and
Mr Tonio Fenech, B.A.(Hons.) Accty., F.I.A., C.P.A.A., M.P., elected as Member of the House of Representatives for the Eighth and Twelfth Electoral Divisions;

have vacated their seats in the Second, Ninth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Electoral Divisions respectively;

YOU ARE HEREBY COMMISSIONED to cause an election of a Member of the House of Representatives for each of the Second, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Electoral Divisions, and two Members of the House of Representatives for the Ninth Electoral Division, to be held according to the law to fill the seats so vacated.



GIVEN AT SAN ANTON PALACE, in the Island of Malta,
This 22nd day of March, 2013.


Signed: GEORGE ABELA
President

By Authority,

(Sgd). JOSEPH MUSCAT
Prime Minister


PROKLAMA

ANNO DOMINI 2013 .............................. NO. V

PROCLAMATION
BY THE PRESIDENT OF MALTA

(L.S.)

(Sgd.)GEORGE ABELA
President

WHEREAS it is provided by subsection (3) of section 75 of the Constitution of Malta that the House of Representatives shall meet not later than two months after the publication of the official result of any general election by the Electoral Commission on a day appointed by the President;

AND WHEREAS the official result of the general election held on the 9th day of March, 2013, was published by the Electoral Commission on the 15th day of March, 2013;

AND WHEREAS it is provided by subarticle (1) of article 75 of the Constitution of Malta that each session of Parliament shall commence at such time as the President may by proclamation appoint and shall be held at such place or places as the President by proclamation, or as the House of Representatives in any manner it may deem appropriate, may from time to time appoint;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE ABELA, PRESIDENT OF MALTA, DO HEREBY APPOINT the 6th day of April, 2013 at 10.45 a.m., to be the day and the time when the House shall meet and a session of Parliament shall commence, and the Hall of the House in the Palace,, Valletta, to be the place where such session shall be held.

Made at the Palace, Valletta, this 27th day of March, 2013.


By Authority,

(Sgd). JOSEPH MUSCAT
Prime Minister






The framework of the Maltese electoral system is defined in Chapter 4 of the Constitution of Malta, which states:

    "There shall be a Parliament of Malta which shall consist of the President and a House of Representatives."

  • General: Every Maltese citizen aged 18 or older has the right to vote, and every citizen aged 21 or older is eligible for election of Members to the Maltese Parliament. (The president, judges and senior public officials, as well as the Commander and high-ranking military officers, may not stand for election to the House, unless they have resigned their position at least 100 days before the elections.)

  • National: The entire country constitutes 13 electoral districts with the sister island of Gozo being the 13th electoral district.

  • Direct: The Maltese Parliament, is elected directly by the voters, not through a body of electors.

  • Equal: All votes cast are equal in weight.

  • Secret: Elections are by secret ballot.

  • Proportional: The 65-member House of Representatives' seats are assigned by the Proportional Representation system which elects five MPs from each electoral district.

    By virtue of Constitutional Amendment approved in 1987, this Legislature shall be composed of 69 Members of Parliament.



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