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Joseph Ellis will be the new PN MP set to replace the late Frederick Azzopardi after a casual election on the 13th district was held this morning.
The candidates who have submitted their nomination are; Ryan Mercieca, Joseph Ellis, Censu Galea, Maria Portelli and Jason Zammit. In the 2017 general election: Mercieca obtained 738 votes in the first count, Portelli 403 votes, Ellis 339, Zammit 309, Galea 97 and Polidano 96 votes.
In the second count: Ellis 1518 votes, Ryan 1018 votes, Maria 918 votes.
In the first count: Ellis 1,203 votes, Mercieca 868 votes and Portelli 719 votes seem to be picking up the most votes.
The counting of votes for this casual election is taking place at the Counting Hall in Naxxar and has started at 8:30 am.
On Saturday, the Nationalist Party publicly disassociated itself from 2017 general election candidate Ryan Mercieca. The PN’s secretary-general Francis Zammit Dimech said that following consultation with party leader Bernard Grech, he has asked the party’s ethics, discipline and media commission to investigate reports concerning Mercieca.
This week Ryan Mercieca submitted his candidacy for the 13th district’s casual election. Mercieca stated that no attack has led him to lose faith in the democratic process. He added that the only thing tarnishing his reputation is allegations that he has rebutted over and over again.
More to follow.