PN admin council agrees to publish due diligence report

Updated 06:04 PM
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The Nationalist Party’s administrative council has agreed to publish the due diligence report it compiled ahead of its upcoming leadership election, after unanimously approving a motion proposed by embattled party leader Adrian Delia.

The council met at 5.30pm, ahead of a meeting of the executive committee, and the motion, which was seconded by the party’s deputy leaders David Agius and Robert Arrigo, was presented earlier in the day.

The PN required both prospective candidates in the upcoming leadership election – Delia and Bernard Grech – to undergo a due diligence process, and earlier this month, the party’s candidates commission confirmed that it had cleared both. Consequently, Grech formally submitted his nomination on Tuesday, with Delia expected to follow suit on Friday.

But Grech has repeatedly insisted that the reports should be published, making his fourth formal request earlier in the day in a letter sent to MP Carm Mifsud Bonnici, who chairs the administrative council. He said that he found the apparent reluctance to publish the reports to be strange and incomprehensible, and that their publication was “essentially a political matter tied to the value of transparency the party has pledged to uphold for many years.” Grech also insisted that it was not fair on the party’s members to start early voting next week without being able to access the report.

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In an apparent response, therefore, Delia presented his motion, in which he insisted that the party’s statute did not empower internal party structures to provide copies of the due diligence reports to prospective candidates, or to make said reports public.

The motion proposed changes to ensure the prompt publication of due diligence reports, and that the same procedure should apply for any of the party’s internal elections, and for anyone who sought to contest an election as a pN candidate.

The administrative council is understood to be the only party structure in which Delia enjoys majority support: he has lost confidence votes among the party’s executive committee and its parliamentary group, while the general council defied his wishes and voted in favour of holding a leadership election.

The election is now scheduled to take place on 3 October.