Local council election results in a win for the Labour Party

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Election 2008Updated: Just one week after the general election, the counting process for the local council elections began today in 23 localities, 18 in Malta and 5 in Gozo.

In Fontana, the mayor, Saviour Borg, has been re-elected mayor after receiving 209 votes. Whilst, in Ghasri, Andrew Vella has been re-elected mayor with an estimated 119 votes. In Ghajnsielem, Francis Cauchi has been re-elected mayor with an estimated 430 votes. At Xewkija, Monica Vella was re-elected as mayor with an estimated 368 votes. Miriam Portelli has been elected as mayor of Nadur for the first time with 540 votes, she received just one more vote than the runner-up, Charles Frank Said.

The Malta Labour Party has emerged as the winner of these local council elections, with 52.6 percent of the first count votes, down slightly from 53.16 percent three years ago.

The Nationalist Party saw a rise in votes gained to 45.94 percent from 44.05% three years ago, with the balance of the votes going to AD or independent candidates.

According to statistics issued by the Electoral Commission, the turnout in this year’s local council election was higher than 2003. Only 68 per cent of the electorate cast their vote in 2003, compared to 86 per cent last week.

A total of 241 candidates contested the local elections, 120 from the Malta Labour Party, 110 from the Nationalist Party, 5 independent candidates and 6 from Alternattiva Demokratika.

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