Maltese general election, 1947

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General elections were held in Malta between 25 and 27 October 1947.[1] They were the first elections held under universal suffrage for women[2] and Agatha Barbara became the first woman elected to Parliament. These elections saw the Labour Party win 24 of the 40 seats.

Electoral system[edit]

The elections were held using the single transferable vote system. Property qualifications for voters were abolished, and women were also allowed to vote for the first time.[3] The number of seats was increased from 10 to 40.[4]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 63,145 59.9 24 +15
Nationalist Party 19,041 18.0 7 New
Democratic Action Party 14,010 13.3 4 New
Gozo Party 5,491 5.2 3 New
Jones Party 3,664 3.5 2 New
Independents 143 0.1 0 –1
Invalid/blank votes 647
Total 106,141 100 40 +30
Registered voters/turnout 140,703 75.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1302 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Rudolf, Uwe Jens; Berg, Warren G. (2010). Historical Dictionary of Malta. Scarecrow Press. p. 14. ISBN 9780810873902. 
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1298
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1309