The Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission is set up in terms of article 60 of the Constitution of Malta and members of the Commission are appointed by the President acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, given after he has consulted the Leader of the Opposition. The Commission is an autonomous body and in the exercise of its functions under the Constitution, it shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.

  • Mr Joseph Church - Chief Electoral Commissioner

    Mr Joseph Church joined the Public Service in 1977. He served in several Government Ministries and later on served as Secretary to the Presidency between 2009 and 2014. In February 2014 Mr Church was appointed Chief Electoral Commissioner where he still serves.

    Mr Church studied at the Archbishop's Seminary and later on studied Business Management at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology. In 1994, he studied Human Resource Management at the University of Manchester. Mr Church also studied Diplomatic Studies and Management Studies at the University of Malta.

  • Mr Mario Callus - Electoral Commissioner

    Mr Mario Callus was first appointed on the Electoral Commission in 1989, and has been serving since then.  He studied business management and accountancy at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology and worked in private business for the last 35 years.

  •  Dr Noel Cutajar - Electoral Commissioner

    Dr Noel Cutajar studied at the University of Malta and at the University of Portsmouth, UK.  He obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Systems and a Doctorate in Law.  Dr Cutajar has worked in a number of social welfare agencies and was a Police Inspector for twelve years prior to opening his private legal practice specializing in criminal and civil law.  He acted as Vice-President of the Malta Red Cross and is currently involved with the St John Rescue Corps.  Dr Cutajar was appointed member of the Electoral Commission in 2013.  He is married to Sharon and has two children.

  •  Mr Paul Sammut - Electoral Commissioner

    Mr Paul Sammut was born in 1954 and attended the Secondary Technical school.  He first worked for several years as a land surveyor and Civil Draughtsman.  Mr Sammut joined the police force in 1984 as a police inspector.  He took up university studies and obtained a diploma in Law and Administration.  After a long spell as an Inspector in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) he was promoted to police Superintendent in 1996 and then to Assistant Commissioner of Police in 2003.  He retired from the police force in 2010 and was appointed Electoral Commissioner in June, 2013.

  •  Mr Salvu Sant - Electoral Commissioner

    Mr Salvu Sant was born in 1936 in Paola and is married to Joyce and has two children. He attended the Paola Primary School and the St Michael’s Secondary School.  In 1951 he became an electrical apprentice in the Admiralty Dockyard and furthered his studies at the Dockyard College, in Chatham, England.  In 1956 he set up the Paola Għaqda Żgħażagħ Laburisti becoming its President and was elected member of the National Executive of the Labour Party, advancing to Secretary General and President until 1988. As Chairman of the Dockyard Section within the General Workers Union (GWU), he presided over the annual general meetings that brought about various reforms.  Within the same union, Mr Sant brought together a group of non-industrial workers who eventually established the branch known as STPSA. Mr Sant was Chairman of the Dockyard Section of the General Workers Union and he was elected to the first Dockyard Council in 1975.  He served as Deputy Chairman of the dockyard between 1975 and 1979.  Between 1972 and 1987 Mr Sant served as deputy Chairman of Enemalta and Telemalta Corporations.  He successfully contested the General Election in 1987 and was also re-elected in the General Election of 1992.  He set up the Malta Association of Former Parliamentarians in which he currently holds the post of Vice President.  As a member in the Malta Racing Club and in the Council of the Malta Football Association, Mr Sant was the prime mover for the buiding of a new horse racecourse and to complete the National Football Stadium of Ta’ Qali.  He also initiated the setting-up of the Corradino Sport Association and the building of the Corradino Sports Pavilion and football ground, now known as the Hiibernians Stadium.  Mr Sant was appointed as Electoral Commissioner in 2003.

  •  Dr Victor Scerri - Electoral Commissioner

    Dr. Victor Scerri was born in 1965.  Following Secondary Education at St. Aloysius College, he read law at the University of Malta, and was called to the Bar in 1994. His doctoral thesis was a study on 'Rights of Political Parties under the Electoral Law'. He is a partner in the law firm Scerri & Bonello Advocates. Dr. Scerri has been involved in the organization of elections since 1992. In 2004 he participated in the International Visitor Programme organised by the U.S. Department of State, in connection with that year's presidential campaign.  He was appointed as Electoral Commissioner in August, 2015.

  •  Mr Joseph Scicluna - Electoral Commissioner

    The association between Senglea born Joseph Scicluna and the Electoral Office goes back in time to the early 1970s when, as a lino-typist at the Government Printing Press, he was roped in to wed his printing experience to the publications that the Office is obliged to effect.  Notably, the six-monthly Register of Voters and the multitude of official documentation to do with the General Elections to the House of Representatives, the MEPs Elections, Local Councils Elections, Casual Elections, Referenda, various Workers’ representative bodies, School Councils and others directly concerning the Office. During these forty-odd years Mr Scicluna took major responsibilities in the introduction and maintenance of the Identity Card system; maintenance of the Electoral Registers including undertaking and conducting physical outdoor inspections; introduction of the age-lowering of the voting eligibility in 1974; logistical preparations of voting documentation including that of ballot papers and Polling Stations to briefing Electoral Staff, AECs, Chairpersons, Polling Place Officers, Police Officers and the members of the Postal Service in duties directly connected to the election process to attendance at duties during the days designated for the casting of votes.  Other career duties ranged from representing the Office at the Law Courts on occasions such as for voter eligibility appeals or similar law suits; direct involvement on changes to electoral boundaries; sitting on the Street Naming and Door re-numbering Committees for two decades; assignment with Chief Electoral Commissioners pre and during polling days; serving at Polling Booths in the early years to duty at the Counting Hall on all occasions without fail, starting as a Counter, then Supervisor and ultimately as Calculator.  Upon retirement from service, in 2012 Mr Scicluna was appointed as Electoral Commissioner.

  •  Dr Raymond Zammit - Electoral Commissioner

    Dr Raymond Zammit attended the Lyceum Secondary School of Hamrun and graduated as a lawyer from the University of Malta in 1984.  He has ever since practiced as a lawyer in the Courts of Justice of Malta.  He has also served various official posts – he was a member of the Permanent Commission Against Corruption, Chairman of an Appeals Board of the Planning Authority and Secretary of the Housing Authority.  He also served as member representing Malta on various international bodies.  He was appointed as Electoral Commissioner in December, 2006.

  •  Dr Joseph Zammit Maempel - Electoral Commissioner

    Dr Joseph Zammit Maempel was born in Birkirkara in 1947 and is married to Marguerite and has two children.  He was called to the Bar in January 1970 and since 1983 is a partner in the lawfirm GVTH Advocates.  He was appointed Commissioner for Justice for the period 1987 – 1996.  Dr Zammit Maempel served as Director of MIMCOL and Malta Government Investments Ltd (1990 – 1993), of the Malta Development Corporation (1993 – 1996), of Air Malta plc (1999 – 2003) and of AzzurrAir Srl (1999 – 2004).  He served as Chairman of the Purchasing and Tendering Committee, Airmalta plc (1999 – 2004), of Healthcare Professions Appeals Board (2004 – 2008), of Controlled Companies Appeals Board (2002 – 2006), of Lotteries and Gaming Authority (2003 – 2008) and of Tenders and Procurement Committee, Malta Tourism Authority (2005 – 2014).  Dr Zammit Maempel also served as Member of the Faculty Board of Law, University of Malta, from 1998 to 2003.  His hobbies are travel and bonsai culture and is in fact, since 2013, the President of the Bonsai Culture Group (Malta).  He was appointed as Electoral Commissioner in 2009.

  •  Mr George Saliba - Secretary to the Electoral Commission

    Mr George Saliba began his career in the civil service as a clerk in 1975, after having worked in the private sector for two years.  After a spell at the Inland Revenue Department he moved to the Police Department where he was promoted to Administrative Officer and managed the Police Licensing Office (Road Tax and Driving Licences).  He was transferred to the Electoral Office at Castille in 1986.  Over the years, Mr Saliba advanced to the grades of Principal, Senior Principal, Assistant Director and Director of Operations.  He has directly experienced 8 general elections, 3 national referenda, 3 elections for Members of the European Parliament, all the local council elections since their inception, a large number of casual elections, and other minor elections.  To-date, Mr Saliba has worked under eight different Chief Commissioners. In the absence of the Chief Electoral Commissioner, he was appointed Acting Chief Electoral Commissioner several times.  Mr Saliba was appointed Secretary to the Electoral Commission on 1st July, 2015.

    Mr Saliba is active in voluntary work connected with the Cana Movement and within the Birkirkara Parish of St Joseph the Worker, where he currently holds the post of Moderator of the Parish Council and is a member of various sections/groups within the same parish.