OPM forces local candidates to take special unpaid leave

Ralph Cassar, AD General Secretary, said: “The Office of the Prime Minister is forcing all local council candidates who work in the public service to take 15 days special unpaid leave for contesting local elections. This means that many candidates, including most AD candidates will not be in a position to contest local elections”.

Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said: “It is absurd that the OPM is penalizing local candidates for offering to give a voluntary service to their locality”.