2013 Gibraltar by-election

The Gibraltar by-election, 2013 was a parliamentary by-election held on 4 July 2013 for the Gibraltar Parliament. The by-election was to contest the seat left vacant by the death of Government of Gibraltar Housing Minister Charles Bruzon in April 2013. The Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP), Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and an independent contested the by-election. The Liberal Party of Gibraltar who is in alliance and in Government with the GSLP backed the GSLP's candidate.

2013 Gibraltar by-election

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1 seat to the Gibraltar Parliament.
Triggered by the death of the incumbent
 
Candidate Albert Isola Marlene Hassan Nahon
Party Socialist Labour Social Democrats
Popular vote 4,899 3,927
Percentage 49.84% 39.95%

  Nick P Cruz - PDP Leader.jpg
Candidate Nick Cruz Bryan Zammit
Party Progressive Democratic Party Independent
Popular vote 688 315
Percentage 7.00% 3.20%

MP before election

Charles Bruzon
Socialist Labour

Subsequent MP

Albert Isola
Socialist Labour

The Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation's pre-election poll gave the GSLP's candidate Albert Isola an advantage of almost 5% over the GSD's Marlene Hassan Nahon. It was also the last elections that the Progressive Democratic Party had took part before their disbandment over a month later that same year.

BackgroundEdit

Charles Bruzon was a member of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP) and the Government's Housing Minister since 9 December 2011. His seat in the Gibraltar Parliament became vacant following his death on 16 April 2013 aged 74, following a long battle with illness.[1][2][3] On 20 May 2013, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo met with Governor Sir Adrian Johns at The Convent and asked him to issue a writ for the by-election. The Chief Minister then made the announcement in Parliament later that day calling for candidates to sign up by noon on 14 June.[4]

Picardo confirmed that the GSLP would, in alliance with the Liberal Party field a candidate for election. He announced it would be a GSLP candidate but that the alliance would fight the election jointly. The Gibraltar Social Democrats as Opposition had initially decided not to contest the by-election considering instead a "gentleman's agreement" as the seat had been one of the GSLP which had become vacant under tragic circumstances. The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) which was not represented in Parliament immediately decided it would contest the by-election seeing it as an opportunity to be represented despite its poor performance at the previous two general elections.[4] On 30 May 2013 the PDP announced its candidature of party leader Nick Cruz. At this point the GSD was reconsidering its decision not to contest the by-election as its leader, Daniel Feetham, said it would be "illogical" for the elected Opposition not to do so if the PDP signed up.[5] The party announced, via its Twitter account on 5 June 2013, that it had chosen former Chief Minister Sir Joshua Hassan's daughter Marlene Hassan Nahon, as its candidate.[6][7] The GSLP chose former Member of the then House of Assembly Albert Isola, son of former Leader of the Opposition Peter Isola, as the party's candidate on 9 June 2013.[8][9] The final candidate to sign up on 12 June 2013 was independent Bryan Zammit.[10]

PollEdit

A public opinion poll commissioned by the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) predicted a close running between Isola and Nahon. The survey was carried out over six days on 500 eligible voters through face-to-face interviews, representing 2.5% of the Gibraltarian electorate. The poll's results were published on 24 June 2013 and showed Isola with 41.4%, Nahon with 36.5%, Zammit with 11.9% and Cruz with 8.2% support amongst the interviewees with 2% of them yet undecided.[11]

GBC's poll also predicted that the 5.4% of voters who previously voted for the GSLP/Liberals at the 2011 general election would vote for the GSD's candidate, while only 2.4% of those who previously voted for the GSD would vote for the GSLP's candidate.[11]

ResultsEdit

e • d Summary of the 4 July 2013 Gibraltar Parliament by-election results
Candidates Votes2 % Seats
Albert Isola (GSLP) 4,899 49.84% 1
Marlene Hassan Nahon (GSD) 3,927 39.95% 0
Nick Cruz (PDP) 688 7.00% 0
Bryan Zammit (Independent) 315 3.20% 0
Total (turnout 46.34%) 9,829 100.00 1
Source: HM Government of Gibraltar

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Minister Bruzon dies aged 74 following long illness". Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. 16 April 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Govt Minister Charles Bruzon has died". Gibraltar Chronicle. 16 April 2013. Archived from the original on 18 November 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  3. ^ "By-election date set". Gibraltar Chronicle. 20 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b Reyes, Brian (21 May 2013). "Gibraltar set for July 4 by-election". Gibraltar Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ Llamusi-Silbermann, Carolina (30 May 2013). "PDP fields Cruz for July by-election". Gibraltar Chronicle. Retrieved 2 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Nahon chosen as GSD candidate". Gibraltar Chronicle. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Reyes, Brian (7 June 2013). "GSD fields Nahon for by-election fray". Gibraltar Chronicle. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  8. ^ "GSLP executive picks Albert Isola as by-election candidate". 10 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Searle, Dominique (12 June 2013). "Isola signs up with hopes of returning to Parliament as Minister". Gibraltar Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  10. ^ Searle, Dominique (13 June 2013). "Zammit, independent, standing to break the hold of party politics". Gibraltar Chronicle. Retrieved 2 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ a b "GBC Poll places Isola narrowly ahead of Nahon". Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. 24 June 2013. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.