PN electoral commission investigates Delia’s party-sponsored Facebook post

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The Nationalist Party’s electoral commission is investigating party leader Adrian Delia’s use of the party’s official Facebook account to sponsor a post in which he promoted his leadership bid.

Contacted by Newsbook.com.mt, PN electoral commission chief Peter Fenech confirmed that the party had received a complaint over the sponsored post.

Delia chose to sponsor his announcement that he had officially confirmed his intention to contest the upcoming party leadership election, which the PN general council voted for against his wishes.

The sponsoring of a post can help ensure that it reaches a greater audience, but sponsored posts are clearly indicated, as is the account which paid for them. Any who were reached by the sponsored post could thus confirm that the advert was “paid for by Partit Nazzjonalista,” the party’s official Facebook page, prompting the complaint.

Delia – who had confirmed his plans to contest a prospective leadership election from the outset – was the first to respond to the electoral commission’s call for expressions of interest, which ends on Monday.

Though speculation mounted on various potential challengers, those seeking to unseat Delia have sought to coalesce around a single candidate to avoid a long drawn-out process.

Ultimately, the sole challenge to come forward was Birżebbuġa lawyer Bernard Grech, with MEP Roberta Metsola, MP Therese Comodini Cachia and former executive committee president Mark Anthony Sammut all confirming that they will not be contesting.