As Malta gears up for the 2019 Local Elections elections this Saturday, a new crop of young, politically active candidates are stepping up to take on the responsibility of taking care of their hometowns.
Even more than just being young, a handful of candidates are campaigning for what they believe in… all before they’ve hit 20.
Here are some of the under-20 candidates you need to be aware of
All of the below quotes used are taken from the candidates’ social media platforms.
The Nationalist Party
1. Sean Gauci – St Julian’s
“It’s been a long and adventurous experience. I’ve met with many people’s who shared their thoughts, opinions, concerns and hopes.”
2. Onishia Muscat – Mġarr
“My aim in this campaign is to voice out the importance of Mġarr youths and young adults in Mġarr.”
3. Frederick Aquilina – Ħal Luqa
“From a young age, I’ve always been involved myself with the groups around Luqa. As a new and young candidate, I will offer fresh ideas and will make sure I’ll keep continuous contact with the localities residents.”
4. Luke Vella – Birkirkara
“We need to involve more young people in discussions and in consultation in the undertaking of decisions.”
The Labour Party
1. Carlos Zarb – St Paul’s Bay
“St Paul’s Bay has always had a special place in my heart. Although I am the youngest candidate in Malta, I’m ready to serve and provide all the residents with youthful energy as best as I can.”
2. Zoya Attard – Pieta’
“Politics has always interested me. I believe in the importance of local councils, which bring politics closer to the people. My priority is to serve everyone and help any resident in the best possible way. I’m a big believer in young people and the important role they have in the future of our localities and country.”
3. Martina Grech – Qormi
“True politics is with actions not words. We need to be of service to everyone Irrelevant of their background. I believe in the importance of inclusion in society, culture, and community.”
4. Matthea Sghendo – Qormi
“Our communities need youth to foster leadership skills and positive relationships.”
5. Gianluca Falzon – Santa Venera
“Forget political leanings, we have to all work together to strengthen our locality for the future of the country. I think we can show that we are capable to make a difference in our localities”