PL winning in St Paul's Bay, uncertainty in Floriana
The Labour Party has won a majority of first count votes in St Paul’s Bay, making it the third locality where the party has won a new majority of first count votes after Safi and Qala.
At the last election, the PN had almost 55% of first count votes in St Paul's Bay and the PL had 39%.
PL election office head Louis Gatt said that although it was in pole position, it was too early to say that the PL would take the council since the outcome depended on the distribution of votes at the last count.
Meanwhile, as in the elections in 2007, there is uncertainty on which way Floriana council is going.
Labour is leading in first count votes but much depends on the votes which will be won or lost by independent Mayor Nigel Holland.
Two Labour candidates have been elected so far – Davina Sammut with 293 and Vincent Borg at 275. Lydia Dimech got 86.
Among the PN candidate, Mathew Paris was elected with 319 votes, followed by Anthony Brincat on 91 and Edward Torpiano at 75.
Mr Holland got 182 first count votes, 40 short of the quota, and one has to see whether vote distribution will see him elected without a quota, effectively seeing him hold the balance of power as was the case at the last election.
PL PREDICTIONS - NEW VOTE MAJORITIES IN ST PAUL'S BAY, SAFI, QALA
The PL tonight on its media also made the following predictions of which party will win the vote majorities in the various localities:
Attard – PN 62%; Balzan – PN 66%; Vittoriosa – PL 79%, Dingli – PL 75%; Floriana – PL 49.6, PN 36% with most of the rest going to independent Nigel Holland; Gharghur - PN55%; Gzira - PL 58%.
Hamrun – PL 62%; Iklin - PN 52.7%; Senglea - PL 75%; Kirkop - PL 69%; Luqa – PL 68%; Marsa – PL 79%; Marsaxlokk – PL 80.6%.
Paola – PL 71%; Safi - PL 53%; St Julian’s PN - 51.5%; St Paul’s Bay – PL 54%;
Sta Lucia – PL 71%; Swieqi – PN 70.6%; Zebbug (M) – PL 63%.
Ghajnsielem - PN 68%; Kercem - PN 52%; Munxar - PN 53%; Nadur – PN 60.9%; Qala - PL56%; San Lawrenz – PN 67%; Xaghra - PL 53% and Zebbug (G) – PN 61.7%.
No predictions were made for Sliema, Mosta and a number of other localities.