AD applauds Electoral Commission for reforming registration system
Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party applauds the Electoral Commission for reforming the registration system of EU citizens residents in Malta. Prof. Arnold Cassola, AD spokesperson on EU and international Affairs, said that “at the last European elections held in 2009, hundreds of EU citizens resident in Malta had been struck off the electoral lists because of a very restrictive and wrong interpretation by the Electoral Commission of the concept of voter registration. Alternattiva Demokratika is pleased to learn that the old system has been scrapped and now all EU residents in Malta will be able to register as voters for the European elections at any time and not only in the last six months prior to the elections, as was the case beforehand.”
Prof. Cassola concluded “all EU residents wanting to vote in Malta in the 2014 European elections can register as from September onwards, when they will be going to renew their Maltese identity card. This is a positive step forward with regards to transparency, participative democracy and the respect of the basic rights of all EU citizens.”
Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said that “AD – The Green Party is proud to have played an important part, through the European Greens and the European Commission, in ensuring that Malta abides by common EU norms on voting rights of EU citizens”.