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Maltese general election
Malta
2013 ←
2018 → Next
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All 65 seats (plus any compensatory seats) of the House of Representatives.
33(+) seats needed for a majority
  Joseph Muscat, cropped.jpg Simon Busuttil, Cropped.jpg No image.svg
Leader Joseph Muscat Simon Busuttil Marlene Farrugia
Party Labour Nationalist Democratic
Leader since 6 June 2008 4 May 2013 4 June 2016
Last election 39 seats, 54.83% 30 seats, 43.34% New
Current seats 38 29 1

Incumbent Prime Minister

Joseph Muscat
Labour



The next Maltese general election must be held not later than Saturday, 20 June 2018. The Labour government of prime minister Joseph Muscat, elected in 2013, is expected to face the Nationalist Party of opposition leader Simon Busuttil and four other parties. This election will have the most parties fielding candidates since 1962.[1]

Background[edit]

The last Maltese general election was held on Saturday, 9 March 2013. The Labour Party, led by Joseph Muscat, defeated the incumbent Nationalist Party of prime minister Lawrence Gonzi. Labour scored a landslide victory, taking 39 seats in the House of Representatives, against 30 for the Nationalist Party.[2] Muscat was sworn in as the new prime minister two days later, on 11 March. Lawrence Gonzi subsequently stepped down as leader of the Nationalists, with Simon Busuttil taking his place on 13 May. As of 2016, Busuttil will likely serve as the Nationalist candidate for PM in the next elections.[3]

Participating parties[edit]

The Maltese political landscape is regarded as one of the most pure two-party systems of the 21st century,[4] and has been dominated by moderate centre-left and centre-right groups for decades; no third parties have elected MPs since the 1962 election. Six parties are expected to field candidates in the 2018 election, the first time since 1962 that Maltese voters will have that many parties on the ballot:[1]

Electoral system[edit]

The Maltese voting system is a variant of proportional representation, achieved through the use of the single transferable vote, with five MPs to be returned from each of thirteen districts. Overall, there are 65 constituency seats, with a variable number of at-large seats added to ensure that the overall first-preference votes are reflected in the composition of the House of Representatives.[7]

Opinion polls[edit]

Date Polling Firm PL PN AD PD Others Lead
Nov MaltaToday 49.2 43.9 3.2 2.0 1.5 5.3
Sep MaltaToday 48.7 44.5 3.3 2.3 1.2 4.2
May MaltaToday 47.7 46.0 3.4 2.3 0.6 1.7
24 Apr Malta Independent 47.0 42.2 4.0 6.0 1.0 4.8
7–10 Mar MaltaToday 49.7 48.4 1.9 0.0 1.3
17 Jan MaltaToday 51.4 47.0 1.5 0.0 4.4
2016
4 Oct MaltaToday 51.9 45.3 2.7 0.1 6.6
Jun MaltaToday 52.6 44.0 2.9 0.5 8.6
Mar MaltaToday 54.7 41.9 3.4 0.0 12.8
Jan MaltaToday 56.1 40.5 3.1 0.4 14.8
2015
6–28 Aug Malta-Surveys 46.9 47.2 4.8 1.1 0.3
21–27 Jul Malta-Surveys 48.0 46.8 4.3 0.9 1.2
23–29 Jun Malta-Surveys 47.1 47.1 4.9 0.9 Tied
21–31 May Malta-Surveys 46.9 47.2 5.0 0.9 0.3
25 May 2014 European Election 53.3 40.0 2.9 3.6 13.3
19–30 Apr Malta-Surveys 47.9 46.9 4.2 1.0 1.0
15–31 Mar Malta-Surveys 45.8 49.8 3.4 1.0 4.0
12–28 Feb Malta-Surveys 46.1 49.0 3.8 1.1 2.9
27–31 Jan Malta-Surveys 47.1 48.4 3.6 0.9 1.3
2014
21–31 Dec Malta-Surveys 47.0 49.0 3.0 1.0 2.0
26–30 Nov Malta-Surveys 47.9 48.0 3.2 0.9 0.1
26–30 Oct Malta-Surveys 47.4 47.9 3.1 1.6 0.5
25–30 Sep Malta-Surveys 49.4 44.3 5.1 1.3 5.1
31 Aug Malta-Surveys 50.0 46.0 3.0 1.0 4.0
31 Jul Malta-Surveys 50.0 47.0 3.0 0.0 3.0
29 Jun Malta-Surveys 50.0 47.0 2.0 1.0 3.0
31 May Malta-Surveys 51.0 47.0 2.0 0.0 4.0
30 Apr Malta-Surveys 52.0 46.0 2.0 0.0 6.0
9 March 2013 General Election 54.8 43.3 1.8 0.3 11.5

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