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Il-Kamra Tad-Deputati (House of Representatives)
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Parliament name (generic / translated) Il-Kamra Tad-Deputati / House of Representatives
Structure of parliament Unicameral
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 9 March 2013
Purpose of elections The Malta Labour Party (MLP), led by Mr. Joseph Muscat, won 39 seats (see note), defeating Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi's Nationalist Party (PN) which took 30. The MLP had last led the country from 1996 to 1998.

During the election campaign, the PN, which had otherwise governed without interruption since 1987, ran on the government's record, stating that it had managed to avert the economic turmoil affecting other euro zone countries in the Mediterranean. The MLP promised to reduce electricity prices by 25% and to tackle corruption.

Note:
The statutory number of seats in the House of Representatives is 65. Four additional seats were granted to the PN in accordance with article 52 (1) of the Constitution, so that the number of seats it held would be proportional to the number of first-count votes it won in the elections. One more seat was created for the Speaker, who was elected from outside parliament, making the total number of seats in the new parliament to be 70.
(http://www.parlament.mt/constituion-of-malta)
Date of previous elections: 8 March 2008

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 7 January 2013

Timing of election:Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: March 2018

Number of seats at stake: 65 (full renewal)

Number of parties contesting the election: 3

Number of parties winning seats: 2

Alternation of power: Yes

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: Malta Labour Party (MLP)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 6 April 2013

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Angelo Farrugia*
*The Speaker was designated from outside parliament.
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 19 March 2013
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
333'072
309'600 (92.95%)
4'044
305'556
Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Malta Labour Party (MLP)
Nationalist Party (PN)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Malta Labour Party (MLP) 39
Nationalist Party (PN) 30
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
60
10
14.29%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Note on the distribution of seats according to sex:
The distribution of seats according to sex includes 65 directly elected members, four additional members elected in accordance with the Constitution and the Speaker, who himself was designated from outside parliament.

Sources:
House of Representatives (10.04.2013)
http://www.electoral.gov.mt

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