The people who submitted the petition calling for a confidence vote in PN Leader Adrian Delia have cried foul, condemning the Executive Committee’s attempts to “manoeuvre” and “mislead” the party ahead of the crucial ballot.
Following a meeting with the Electoral Commission yesterday, the group has claimed that the question of whether Delia should shoulder responsibility for May’s devastating election results has “completely changed on the insistence” of the embattled leader.
“It is unacceptable that the Executive Committee is being misled in this way,” the group said,” all it does is strengthen and confirm our concerns about how the PN is being run.”
The question, according to sources, appears to have changed to reflect a positive answer for Delia’s leadership. Rather than asking him to shoulder political responsibility the question now allegedly reads:
“Do you want Adrian Delia to continue leading the party until the next general election and undergo the necessary reforms?”
Another issue is the extension of the date for councillors to become eligible to vote, which was extended to 4th July, rather than the date the original submission was made (27th June).
“We have been informed that between the two dates there have been several internal manoeuvres on the instruction of sectional committees to change the people who will have the right to vote within the General Council,” the group claimed.
The group have also been officially told that they are unable to communicate with the PN’s General Council members directly, with General Secretary Clyde Puli telling them that any discussions can only take place through the Electoral Commission.
“For the above reasons, it is clear that the vote is not going to be fair and not based on transparency and honesty. This is unacceptable and goes against the fundamental principles of the Nationalist Party,” they said.
Delia was pushed into calling a confidence vote on 27th July after two hundred members of the PN General Council petitioned him to do so, with over five-hundred members submitting a counter-petition.
It remains to be seen how the vote will turn out. However, Delia’s decision to appoint party stalwart Louis Galea to lead the party’s reform (which some may argue is Delia’s job in the first place) has been viewed as an attempt to bring dissenters on his side.