• Short Summary

    MALTA IS PREPARING FOR ITS FIRST GENERAL ELECTION SINCE INDEPENDENCE. POLLING WILL TAKE PLACE IN?

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    VARIOUS PARTY POSTERS, MAIN FIGURES SPEAKING AT OPEN AIR MEETINGS.




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    Background: MALTA IS PREPARING FOR ITS FIRST GENERAL ELECTION SINCE INDEPENDENCE. POLLING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE TEN ELECTRICAL DISTRICTS ON THE ISLAND ON MARCH 26, 27 AND 28. THE CAMPAIGN IS IN FULL SWING - WITH ENTHUSIASTIC CANDIDATES PUTTING FORWARD THEIR VIEWS ON STREET CORNERS, AND ON TELEVISION.

    MALTA'S PARLIAMENT CONSISTS OF 50 SEATS. IN THE OUTGOING ASSEMBLY A MAJORITY WAS HELD BY THE NATIONALIST PARTY LEAD BY THE PRIME MINISTER, DR BORG OLIVIER. THE NATIONALIST PARTY HELD 26 SEATS WHILE THE OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY, HEADED BY DR DOM MINTOFF, HELD 16 SEATS. THREE SMALL CENTRE PARTIES BETWEEN THEM HELD 8 SEATS.

    THE MAIN ISSUES BEING DEBATED ARE INTERNAL QUESTIONS. THE EVER-PRESENT SPECTRE OF UNEMPLOYMENT IS A PRINCIPAL ONE, WHILE REVISION OF THE ISLAND'S INCOME TAX LAWS AND AN OVERHAUL OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM ARE OTHER ISSUES TO THE FORE.

    ONE OF THE MOST COLOURFUL FIGURES CAMPAIGNING FOR THIS ELECTION IS MISS MABEL STRICKLAND - WHO ALONE REPRESENTED THE PROGRESSIVE CONSTITUTIONAL PARTY IN THE PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED BY THE GOVERNOR ON FEBRUARY 15. BEFORE TAKING UP A POLITICAL CAREER, MISS STRICKLAND WAS ONE OF MALTA'S MOST PROMINENT JOURNALISTS. SHE WAS EDITOR BOTH OF "THE TIMES OF MALTA" AND "THE SUNDAY TIMES OF MALTA" FOR CONSIDERABLE PERIODS.

    THE ELECTION IS BEING FOUGHT VIGOROUSLY BY CANDIDATES OF ALL PARTIES. ONLY 16,100 MALTESE ARE ON THE VOTING REGISTER - BUT SOME MUST CHOOSE FROM CANDIDATES OF FIVE DIFFERENT PARTIES...

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    Film ID:
    VLVACS689UL4347BJ0O3Z2THSKJ3H
    Media URN:
    VLVACS689UL4347BJ0O3Z2THSKJ3H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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