As scanning of the Local Council Election votes kicked off this evening just after 5:30pm, we now have a confirmation on the first mayor to be elected at this elections; the Nationalist Party’s Daniel Attard for Għasri.
The PN have held on to the small village in Gozo, winning three out of the five seats on offer. This means that Għasri remains unchanged in terms of party composition when compared to the last local council election back in 2013.
Having previously served as mayor of the Gozitan village, Daniel Attard had promised voters to “work with the central government and local councilors to secure funding and bring forth new success stories to Għasri”.
The other elected councillors are Salvu Felice Pace and Emanuel Mintoff for the PN, and Elizabeth Mintoff and Sammy Saliba for the Labour Party. Although the PN retained its three councillors, it lost 3.29% of the votes, with the final result being PN 185, PL 158.
Meanwhile, the Independent has reported party agents at the counting halls saying the Labour Party “seem to be hopeful of winning St. Paul’s Bay, and Fontana might also switch”.
Malta Today followed up by saying the first indications from party agents as they examine ballot sheets and exchange samples suggest it will be neck-and-neck battle for typically PN-dominated localities Valletta and St. Julian’s.
It is, however, too early to tell, as the votes will continue to be counted throughout the evening. Tonight sees the counting of Group A of three, which includes the following localities:
Birzebbuġa, Għajnsielem, Dingli, Balzan, Tarxien, Żebbuġ, Valletta, Fontana, Marsa, Mellieħa, Qrendi, Nadur, Xewkija, Żejtun, Żurrieq, Għasri, Iklin, Mqabba, Pembroke, St Julian’s, St Paul’s Bay, Santa Venera and Ta’ Xbiex
Featured Image Background Photo by The Independent