On Wednesday (today), vote counting for the local council elections that took place on Saturday 8th June, commenced.

Voting will be split equally between three days. The first batch of localities whose votes will be counted today are: Birżebbuġa, St Julian’s, Tarxien, Iklin, Żurrieq, St Paul’s Bay, Ta’ Xbiex, Santa Venera, Għajnsielem, Mellieħa, Pembroke, Żejtun, Imqabba, Qrendi, Valletta, Żebbuġ (Malta), Nadur, Marsa, Fontana, Balzan, Dingli, Għasri and Xewkija.

For the coming tense days, all eyes are expected to be on the counting hall in Naxxar, following the drastic change in majority voting seen in the MEP election results.

The final voting count established a gap of just 8,454 votes between the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party. The result was described by many Labour figures, including Prime Minister Robert Abela, as a “clear message” from the electorate.

Over the years, PL dominated the local council elections, especially in 2019 after winning a number of localities, and securing another majority win. The coming days will tell whether its streak will continue or if it reflects another message by the electorate.

Now, the public will be electing 476 councillors from 68 local councils across the islands.

This will mark an increase of 12 councillors when compared to the 2019 elections as it reflects a change in composition of eight councils. Seven councils will have two additional councillors.  

These changes were implemented based on an established formula that reflects the changes in population numbers of localities in the past five years. Overall, the amount of councillors in each locality will vary between five, seven, nine, 11 or 13 councillors.

In addition, for the first time in Malta’s electoral history, councillors aged 16 and over were allowed to run for council.  

Total voting turnout for the local council elections stood at 59.4 per cent. Here is the turnout for each locality in descending order:

 LocalityTurnout percentageWhich party won
the locality in 2019 elections?
 Kerċem75.04PN
 Dingli74.23PL
 Santa Luċija73.53PL
 Fontana72.54PL
 Safi71.52PL
 Gudja70.98PL
 Żejtun70.63PL
 Mtarfa70.35PL
 Imqabba70.33PL
 Siġġiewi70.26PL
 Żurrieq69.35PL
 Għaxaq68.67PL
 Qrendi68.36PL
 Qormi68.13PL
 Żabbar67.75PL
 Xewkija67.35PL
 Kirkop67.23PL
 Rabat (Malta)67.22PL
 Sannat66.97PL
 Żebbuġ Malta66.88PL
 Tarxien66.53PL
 Fgura66.09PL
 Marsaxlokk65.57PL
 Nadur65.51PN
 Rabat Gozo65.47PN
 Luqa65.34PL
 Paola65.17PL
 Marsa65PL
 Mġarr63.92PN
 Senglea63.75PL
 Għasri63.58PN
 Kalkara63.14PL
 Iklin62.68PN
 Attard62.54PN
 Xagħra62.44PL
 Santa Venera62.03PL
 Ħamrun61.68PL
 Mosta61.20PL
 Floriana60.54PL
 Balzan60.38PN
 Qala59.65PL
 Xgħajra59.60PL
 Għargħur59.23PN
 Valletta58.97PL
 Birgu58.55PL
 Għajnsielem58.36PN
 Cospicua57.98PL
 Lija57.78PN
 Munxar57.62PN
 Pembroke57.35PL
 Naxxar57.19PN
 Birżebbuġa57.02PL
 Birkirkara56.68PL
 Għarb56.47PL
 San Ġwann53.16PL
 San Lawrenz52.24PN
 Pieta46.92PL
 Mellieħa46.9PL
 Żebbuġ, Gozo45.97PN
 Marsaskala45.82PL
 Ta’ Xbiex45.41PL
 Swieqi36.54PN
 Msida32.35PL
 Gżira28.87PL
 St Paul’s Bay28.57PN
 Sliema28.37PN
 St Julian’s26.69PN

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