If the world voted in Malta’s election, the result could have been a tie between Labour leader Joseph Muscat and… Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Arnold Cassola?
Yep. At least, that’s according to The Good Vote, a website that invites users to vote online for the elections of other countries.
Nationalist leader Simon Busuttil would have fared pretty badly, with only 18 per cent of the vote.
The website acknowledges that its election results have little value in terms of statistical representation. In fact, no information is given about how many people actually voted. But the website still defends its patch on the world wide web.
“The Global Vote is a way for people to participate symbolically in the elections of other countries, and to learn interactively about the politics of those countries. They do this because they understand that people and places are connected in many ways these days, and because they care about what goes on around the world,” the website’s FAQ page says.
“One day, it might be interesting to start collecting and publishing more detailed analysis on how people vote on the Global Vote, but it will only make sense when we regularly have many millions of people participating. For now, the point isn’t the numbers, but the taking part.”
The Good Vote is a sub-initiative of The Good Country, which gained fame in recent years for ranking nations according to their contributions to the world. Malta currently ranks 27th, which isn’t too bad but is some steps lower than when it ranked 23rd in 2014.
What’s interesting about Malta’s vote is that it’s the first time the website registered a perfect tie between political leaders.
“This suggests that Global Voters would prefer Malta to be represented by a coalition,” the website says. Clearly not local voters though, who largely rejected the coalition presented by the Nationalist Party and Partit Demokratiku, giving Labour a historic landslide victory instead.
This is how Malta’s election was presented to the user: “Malta usually holds a general election once every five years. However, the incumbent Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called a snap general election, a year before his term ends, in response to allegations of corruption against several government officials following the Panama Papers revelations in 2015. An official inquiry is in progress.”