Maltese general election, 1953

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General elections were held in Malta between 12 and 14 December 1953.[1] The Malta Labour Party emerged as the largest party, winning 19 of the 40 seats. However, the Nationalist Party formed a government with the Malta Workers Party on 9 January 1954 with Giorgio Borġ Olivier continuing as Prime Minister.[2]

Background[edit]

The Nationalist Party-Workers Party government led by Giorgio Borġ Olivier had been defeated in the Legislative Assembly vote on a budget motion on 9 October 1953.[2] This led to the three Workers Party ministers resigning from the cabinet on 12 October.[2] Following discussions with party leaders, the Assembly was dissolved by Governor Gerald Creasy on 15 October.[2] Elections were called, and the Nationalist Party ministers remained in office as a caretaker government.[2]

The election was contested by five parties; the Nationalist Party, the Workers Party, the Malta Labour Party, the Constitutional Party and the Progressive Constitutionalist Party,[2] and were held using the single transferable vote system.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Malta Labour Party 52,771 44.6 19 +5
Nationalist Party 45,180 38.1 18 +3
Malta Workers Party 14,000 11.8 3 –4
Progressive Constitutionalist Party 5,128 4.3 0 New
Constitutional Party 1,374 1.2 0 –4
Invalid/blank votes 880
Total 119,333 100 40 0
Registered voters/turnout 148,478 80.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1302 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c d e f Keesing's Contemporary Archives, p13475
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1298