Second candidate seeks to win Miriam Dalli’s EP seat

The Electoral Commission has confirmed that a second candidate – Robert Micallef – has applied to run in the casual election for Miriam Dalli’s former seat at the European Parliament.

Robert Micallef, who had received 595 first-count votes in last year’s European Parliament election was the only person to submit an application on the second day in which nominations were open. Cyrus Engerer – who had received 5,394 votes in the first count – submitted his application on Friday.

Dalli resigned her EP seat earlier this month to take up a seat in the Maltese Parliament, to which she – and the Prime Minister’s head of secretariat Clyde Caruana – were co-opted to replace disgraced former PM Joseph Muscat and Fgura doctor Etienne Grech, who both resigned their seat.

Two casual elections are being held on Thursday; the other will be held for the seat held by PN MP Frederick Azzopardi, who died after a long illness on 17 October.

No new nominations were filed today: the only candidate to apply so far was Maria Portelli.