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Live Blog: Election Watch – Day 29

Monday is day 29 of the general election campaign. We will report the day’s political events as they occur.

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Live Blog

Calculation of numbers

9am According to two polls published Sunday by independent media, the PL should win the elections with at least a few tens of thousands of votes.

A survey commissioned by Malta weather found that the PL would win with a majority of 55.1% if an election were held tomorrow, with the Nationalist Party securing 43.5%. That could translate to a discrepancy of 37,000 votes, however, a fifth of respondents did not say who they would vote for.

Meanwhile, MaltaToday survey results put the gap at 29,003 votes, down from 25,996 the previous week.

The gap in the 2017 elections was 35,000.

What is it today?

8:30 am So far, here is today’s agenda:

At 6 p.m., veteran presenter Peppi Azzopardi will interview independent candidate Arnold Cassola. You can follow the interview here.

PN leader Bernard Grech is due to meet party supporters in Triq Luqa Briffa, Gżira at 6 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., Robert Abela is interviewed at a party in Triq il-Mitħna, Xagħra.

Four days of campaign left

8:10 a.m. Hello and welcome to our first live blog of the fifth – and final – week of the election campaign.

Candidates have just four campaign days left – Friday is supposed to be a day of silence, as voters “consider” the choice they face the next day.

The cessation of electoral activity 24 hours before election day is not a custom but the law.

According to General Elections Act 1991anyone found guilty of breaching the ban faces a maximum fine of €1,164 and up to six months in prison.

But until then, they are free to campaign as much as they want.

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