Maltese general election, 2008
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The Maltese general election for the renewal of the Maltese House of Representatives was held on Saturday, 8 March 2008. The governing Nationalist Party won a narrow victory over the Malta Labour Party.
Initial exit polls and statistics suggested a very close result. Preliminary results had been expected by Sunday noon but these had to be delayed until a full first count was completed.
The Nationalist Party won with 49.33% to Labour's 48.9% a difference of 1,580 votes. Just under 2% of registered voters, 5,266 individuals, failed to collect their voting documents, so fewer than 310,000 people were eligible to vote on 8 March 2008. In total, voter turnout was 93%, the lowest in Malta since 1971.
Twelve casual elections were held in April 2008 to fill vacancies arising from candidates elected from two districts declining their second seat. Both the Nationalist Party and Labour each elected six members in this way, leaving the overall parliamentary numbers unchanged.
|Nationalist Party (Partit Nazzjonalista)||143,468||49.34||–2.5||35||±0|
|Malta Labour Party (Partit Laburista)||141,888||48.79||+0.8||34||+4|
|Democratic Alternative (Alternattiva Demokratika)||3,810||1.31||+0.6||—||—|
|National Action (Azzjoni Nazzjonali)||1,461||0.50||+0.0||—||—|
|Gozitan Party (Partit Għawdxi)||37||0.01||+0.0||—||—|
|Alpha Liberal Democrats (Alfa Liberali Demokratiku)||21||0.01||+0.0||—||—|
|Forward Malta (Forza Malta)||8||0.00||+0.0||—||—|
|Source: DOI, Nohlen & Stöver|
- List of MPs elected in the Maltese general election, 2008
- Maltese local council elections, 2008
- Malta Districts
- Michael Carabott, "Election on 8 March: PM shows ‘the way forward’", The Malta Independent, 5 February 2008
- "Nationalist supporters celebrate a narrow victory", The Times of Malta, 9 March 2008.
- "The Waiting Game: what to look out for", "The Times of Malta", 9 March 2008.
- "Turnout drops to 93%, lowest since 1971", The Times of Malta, 9 March 2008.
- timesofmalta.com - UPDATED: Vote counting almost completed
- "Department of Information". Doi.gov.mt. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
- Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1309 ISBN 9873832956097