2019 European Parliament election in Malta

The 2019 European Parliament election was held in Malta on 25 May 2019.[1] 8 different political parties took part in the election, of which, only 2 won seats in the European Parliament; the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party, with 4 and 2 seats respectively.[2]

2019 European Parliament election in Malta

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All 6 Maltese seats in the European Parliament
Turnout74.8%
  First party Second party
  Joseph Muscat, cropped.jpg Adrian Delia.jpg
Leader Joseph Muscat Adrian Delia
Party Labour Nationalist
Last election 53%
3 seats
40%
3 seats
Seats won 4 2
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 141,267 98,611
Percentage 54.29% 37.9%
EP Group S&D EPP

Contesting PartiesEdit

Alleanza BidlaEdit

Ivan Grech Mintoff and Rebecca Dalli Gonzi contested on behalf of Alleanza Bidla.[3] a conservative Christian and Eurosceptic party.

Brain, Not EgoEdit

Antoine P. Borg contested on behalf of fledgling political party Brain, Not Ego.[4]

Democratic AlternativeEdit

Democratic Alternative announced the approval of its 3 European parliamentary election candidates. They were: Arnold Cassola, Mina Tolu and Carmel Cacopardo.[5] In the wake of a dispute regarding the topic of abortion, Cassola resigned from Democratic Alternative and contested the EP election as an independent candidate.[6][7][8]

Democratic PartyEdit

The Democratic Party announced the approval of its 4 European parliamentary election candidates, They were: Martin Cauchi Inglott,[9] Anthony Buttigieg, Godfrey Farrugia[10] and Camilla Appelgren.

Imperium EuropaEdit

Norman Lowell announced that he would once again contest the European parliamentary election after Imperium Europa was officially registered with the Electoral Commission.[11]

IndependentsEdit

Arnold Cassola announced that he would contest the European parliamentary election as an independent candidate.[6][7][8] Stephen Florian announced that he would contest as an Independent candidate after resigning from the executive of the Moviment Patrijotti Maltin.[12] Other independent candidates included Nazzareno Bonnici (Partit Ta' L-Ajkla), Mario Borg and Joseph Aquilina.

Labour PartyEdit

The Labour Party announced the approval of its 14 European parliamentary election candidates. They were: Alfred Sant, Mary Gauci, Lorna Vassallo, Robert Micallef, Cyrus Engerer, Alex Agius Saliba, Felix Busuttil, Miriam Dalli, James Grech, Joe Sammut, Josianne Cutajar, Fleur Vella, Noel Cassar and Josef Caruana.[13]

Moviment Patrijotti MaltinEdit

Simon Borg and Naged Magelly contested on behalf of Moviment Patrijotti Maltin, an offshoot of the anti-immigration group Għaqda Patrijotti Maltin led by Henry Battistino which campaigns against irregular migration, Malta's participation in the Schengen Area, and Islam in Malta.

Nationalist PartyEdit

The Nationalist Party announced the approval of its 10 European parliamentary election candidates. They were: Roberta Metsola, David Casa, Francis Zammit Dimech, Peter Agius, Dione Borg, Michael Briguglio, Frank Psaila, Roselyn Borg Knight, Michael Mercieca[10] and David Stellini.[14]

Opinion pollsEdit

Expressing a preferenceEdit

The values in the table below are derived by removing non-party responses (i.e. non-voters and "don't know"); as the margin is also recalculated, there may be slight differences in exact lead margins due to rounding.

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
PL PN PD AD IE MPM Others Lead
2019 election 25 May 2019 54.3 37.9 2.0 0.7 3.2 0.3 1.6 16.4
Sagalytics 11–17 May 2019 600 56.9 37.3 1.1 2.0 1.7 1.1 19.6
MaltaToday 9–15 May 2019 849 57.8 39.1 0.4 1.0 1.5 0.1 0.0 18.8
MISCO 8–11 May 2019 402 55.0 40.0 <1 <1 3.4 15.0
MaltaToday 25 Apr–3 May 2019 602 58.0 38.1 1.1 1.3 1.6 0.0 0.0 19.8
Sagalytics 23 Apr–2 May 2019 600 55.2 39.0 5.8 16.2
MaltaToday 28 Mar–4 Apr 2019 597 62.5 37.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 25.0
MISCO 27–29 Mar 2019 402 59 37 2 2 22
MaltaToday 22–27 Feb 2019 598 59.5 38.4 1.3 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 21.1
MaltaToday 21–28 Jan 2019 597 62.6 36.4 0.4 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 26.2
2014 election 25 May 2014 53.4 40.0 2.9 2.7 1.0 13.4

Complete dataEdit

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
PL PN PD AD IE MPM Others Lead Not
voting
Don't
know/invalid
2019 election 25 May 2019 38.0 26.5 1.4 0.5 2.2 0.2 1.1 11.5 27.3 2.6
Sagalytics 11–17 May 2019 600 56.9 37.3 1.1 2.0 1.7 1.1 19.6
MaltaToday 9–15 May 2019 849 41.3 27.9 0.3 0.7 1.1 0.1 0.0 13.4 9.2 18.6
MISCO 8–11 May 2019 402 41.4 30.1 <0.8 <0.8 2.6 11.3 22.0 11.0
MaltaToday 25 Apr–3 May 2019 602 44.1 29.0 0.8 1.0 1.2 0.0 0.0 15.1 9.8 12.4
Sagalytics 23 Apr–2 May 2019 600 55.2 39.0 5.8 16.2
MaltaToday 28 Mar–4 Apr 2019 597 41.8 25.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 16.7 13.8 17.3
MISCO 27–29 Mar 2019 402 40 25 1.5 1.5 15 32
MaltaToday 22–27 Feb 2019 598 42.3 27.3 0.9 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 15.0 13.2 13.9
MaltaToday 21–28 Jan 2019 597 42.0 24.4 0.3 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 17.6 12.8 19.3
2014 election 25 May 2014 39.0 29.3 2.2 2.0 0.7 13.4 26.9

ResultsEdit

Shortly after the first exit polls were announced, it was thought that Labour Party had a majority of 51,600 votes over the Nationalist Party, but this was later decreased to 42,656 after the official results came out.[15] Although a large majority for Labour was expected, as well as Labour winning 4 out of 6 seats, the majority was unexpected and historic.[16] Adrian Delia, the leader of the opposition, conceded defeat. He did state, however, that he would not resign because of the result and that his aim was still the next Maltese general election.[17] Although the far-right political party Imperium Europa increased their vote share from 2.68% in the 2014 European Parliament election to 3.17% (at 8,238 votes) in the current election, this was far less than initially thought by the Maltese media, who had thought that they had received about 15,000 votes.[18] The Democratic Party on the other hand, the only third party in the Maltese Parliament, only managed to get 5,276 votes, with Camilla Appelgren defying expectations by not only getting 3,052 votes, but also beating her own party leader Godfrey Farrugia, who only managed to get 1,668 votes.[19]

PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Labour Party 141,26754.294+1
Nationalist Party 98,61137.902–1
Imperium Europa8,2383.1700
Democratic Party 5,2762.030New
Democratic Alternative 1,8660.7200
Alleanza Bidla1,1860.4600
Moviment Patrijotti Maltin7710.300New
Brain, Not Ego3230.120New
Independents2,6741.0300
Total260,212100.0060
Valid votes260,21296.37
Invalid/blank votes9,8103.63
Total votes270,022100.00
Registered voters/turnout371,64372.66
Source: Electoral Commission

The elected candidates were:

MEPs elected[20][21]
Candidate Party 1st Pref. Count
Miriam Dalli PL 63,438 1
Roberta Metsola PN 38,206 1
Alfred Sant PL 26,592 14
David Casa PN 20,493 38
Alex Agius Saliba PL 18,808 39
Josianne Cutajar PL 15,603 39

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