Labour Party Leads Opposition by 28,000 Votes in Upcoming Maltese General Election, Gap Narrows

Upcoming Maltese election sees Labour Party maintain lead, but Nationalist Party narrows gap. Voters urged to choose between progress and reversal. Parties clash on cost of living, economy, and media bias.

Nimrah Khatoon
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Labour Party Leads Opposition by 28,000 Votes in Upcoming Maltese General Election, Gap Narrows

Labour Party Leads Opposition by 28,000 Votes in Upcoming Maltese General Election, Gap Narrows

The Labour Party maintains a lead of 28,000 votes over the opposition Nationalist Party in the upcoming Maltese general election, according to a Times of Malta survey released on April 21, 2024. The gap between the two main parties has narrowed compared to previous polls, with the Labour Party at 52.8% and the Nationalist Party at 42.6%, while other parties account for 4.6% of the vote. The survey also shows a turnout of 76.6%.

Prime Minister Robert Abela called on voters considering abstention to not allow the Nationalist Party to reverse progress, emphasizing that the election is about their quality of life and the Labour Party's aim to give every person a stronger voice. Abela contrasted this with the Nationalist Party, which he said wants to use the election to return to power and 'turn the clocks back'. He highlighted the Labour government's achievements, such as helping businesses expand, and said Malta has a dynamic economy because the government trusts and listens to the Maltese people.

Why this matters: The upcoming Maltese general election will determine the country's political leadership and direction for the next term. The narrowing gap between the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party suggests a more competitive race, with the potential for shifts in voter preferences and turnout to impact the outcome.

The Nationalist Party has criticized the government's handling of issues like high food costs, construction and infrastructure troubles, and inflation. Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech accused the government of failing the country and not addressing the rising cost of living. Grech also urged the electorate to use their vote in the upcoming European Parliament and Local Council elections to keep the ruling party in check, accusing the government-controlled Public Broadcasting Service of censoring the Nationalist Party for years.

The Labour Party finds its strongest support among those earning less than €2,000 a month, while the Nationalist Party's support base primarily comprises individuals earning between €2,001 and €3,000. Across all age groups, the Labour Party leads, with the Nationalist Party only showing increased support among the tertiary educated.

Grech emphasized the importance of the upcoming elections, stating, "The PN said the upcoming European Parliament elections will give the public a chance to vote for change, even though a change in government is not expected in the upcoming general election." The Nationalist Party has announced plans to establish a national fund to help essential industries combat the high cost of living and has proposed a holistic plan for the country, including proposals for segregated bus lanes and incentives for those who give up their cars.

Key Takeaways

  • Labour Party leads Nationalist Party by 28,000 votes in Malta election.
  • Labour Party at 52.8%, Nationalist Party at 42.6%, other parties at 4.6%.
  • PM Abela urges voters to not let Nationalist Party 'turn the clocks back'.
  • Nationalist Party criticizes gov't on issues like high costs, inflation, etc.
  • Labour Party's support base is lower-income, Nationalist Party's is middle-income.