Last Updated: 22/10/2020
VOTING IN THE General ELECTIONS – A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE:
1. The Electoral Register lists the names, surnames, Identity numbers and addresses of those persons who are registered to vote in elections and referenda. It is published twice yearly, in April and October.
The General Election Electoral Register is published in 13 volumes (districts). This lists Maltese citizens entitled to vote in national referenda and to elect members of the House of Representatives.
2. You may check your own voting status by clicking here. You must have readily available your Malta identity card number, your surname and your date of birth. The full Electoral Register in hard copy may be viewed at the Electoral Office. District Police stations and Local Council offices would also have the Electoral Register pertaining to their locality. One can also phone the Electoral Office on tel. number 2558 3000 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out. One’s identity card card number needs to be quoted for this check.
3. For the General Elections Electoral Register any citizen of Malta who has reached the age of 16 years of age and who has resided in Malta for at least six months in the last eighteen months prior to registration may apply. Those who are listed in this register are also automatically entitled to vote during Referenda, local council elections and elections for the European Parliament. One must possess a Malta identity card.
4. You can register to vote at any time of the year but since the Electoral Register is published every April and October, it would be best if you register prior to the closing dates, that is, before 31st March and 30th September.
5. All election regulations necessitate that a voter must possess an identity card so that the Electoral Office can also have the photographic image of the voter. Registration as a voter is not automatic, but you must apply to be registered. One shoould apply as follows:
|Identity Malta Agency, Gattard House, National Road, Blata l-Bajda, Tel: 25904300|
|28A, St Francis Square, Victoria, Gozo, Tel: 21556317|
When one applies for the Identity Card, one is automatically applying to be registered as a voter when one completes the relevant application forms.
6. Every qualified person can only be registered once at one’s ordinary residence as a voter, and this at one’s main residential address.
7. Provided you have certified documentation of your dual nationalities this does not affect your electoral registration. However, you must satisfy the nationality and other constitutional qualification criteria.
8. The Electoral Register is updated whenever there is an application for a change of address on the eIdentity Card or on the eResidence Card. Therefore, all you have to do is to apply for a change of address on your identification card at the relative offices.
9. If you want to remove the name of a voter who has lost one or more qualifications to be registered as a voter (such as, having emigrated from Malta over one year ago) you need to lodge an appeal to the Revising Officer by completing a form.
If the voter has relocated to a new address you need to lodge an appeal by completing a form.
In both cases, the filled and signed form needs to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar of the Law Courts, Valletta, Malta within 21 days from the publication of the Electoral Register. There are no fees payable for these appeals.
10. If you have all the necessary qualifications to be registered as a voter but your name was not in the published Electoral Register, you may lodge an appeal to the Revising Officer for inclusion within 21 days from the publication of the Electoral Register by submitting the completed and signed form to the Law Courts Registrar in Valletta. No fees are payable for this appeal.
11. When your name is on the register, Police Officers will attempt to deliver your voting document/s to your registered address.
The voting document shall be served on each voter by a Police Officer or by any other person appointed for the purpose by the Commission, and such document shall be deemed to have been served by delivery to the person to whom it is addressed, or to an adult person, who either resides at the same address or is in his employment, at the address of the voter as shown in the Electoral Register. The Political Parties shall have the right to each nominate one representative to accompany each Police Officer or other person affecting service as aforesaid.
If no one is at home when the Police Officer calls, you will then be able to collect your voting document/s by calling personally at the Police Station (or Local Council in certain localities) of the town or village where you are registered, on presentation of a valid Identity Document (Identity Card or Residence Card) issued by Identity Malta.
You may also personally collect your voting document/s from the Electoral Commission's offices if you are registered in Malta, or, if you are registered in Gozo, from the Electoral Office in Rabat, Gozo on presentation of a valid Identity Card ssued by Identity Malta. More details regarding dates and time for delivery/collection will be announced in due course.
12. On Polling Day, you must surrender your voting document to the Assistant Electoral Commissioners at the polling station indicated on the voting document itself, in order to cast your vote. Polling stations will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm. No one is allowed to vote without a voting document issued by the Electoral Commission. You cannot vote in Malta's elections if you are abroad.
13. Voting in Malta is not compulsory and no penalties apply in case of no participation.
14. Malta uses the Single-Transferable Vote (STV) system. The STV system is a voting system designed to achieve proportional representation through ranked voting. You shall have one transferable vote. In casting your vote, you must place a number ‘1’ against the name of the candidate for whom you wish to vote. Additionally, you may also indicate your order of preference for as many candidates as you please by placing against their respective names the number ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’, ‘5’ and so on in consecutive numerical order.
15. Guidlines for prospective candidates are issued once the election date is announced.