The PN and two candidates Claudette Buttigieg and Frederick Azzopardi have filed a Constitutional court application against the Electoral Commission, over the 9 March election result which the PN insists “did not reflect the will of the people,” and distorted proportionality in Parliament. In its application the PN, Buttigieg and Azzopardi are asking the Constitutional court to declare the Electoral Commission’s actions in breach of the right to free elections which uphold the will of the people and consequently address the injustice suffered by the party and the two candidates by correcting the number of MPs elected to reflect proportionality.
The application follows the Constitutional court’s rejection of the PN’s application to have a recount on the eighth and thirteenth electoral districts, arguing that Buttigieg and Azzopardi it was not in the judicial interest because the two candidates would have still won a Parliamentary seat through the Constitutional mechanism guaranteeing proportionality.
However the PN and the two candidates filed a new application, because they insisted that the Electoral Commission had admitted that errors were committed in the counting process and as a consequence the two candidates were not elected thanks to the votes they obtained.
The PN also pointed out that the commission’s errors led to the election of two Labour MPs instead of Buttigieg and Azzopardi and Labour enjoyed a nine-seat majority in Parliament, instead of a seven-seat majority.
In its application the PN said that the errors violated the right to free elections which reflect the will of the people.