Unusual Voting Arrangements At Gibraltar General Election

ELECTION: Delivery the votes for counting 2015 Credit: Info Gibraltar flickr

The die is cast 

THE voting arrangements in Gibraltar are rather unusual as each registered voter has ten votes to cast today (Thursday) in the General Election. 

Traditionally, these votes have been for one party (fielding 10 candidates) but this may change in 2019 for two main reasons. 

Firstly, younger voters appear to be less inclined to follow the concept of block voting and with more candidates and parties there may well be a wider split especially as some of the candidates are well past normal retirement age. 

The world’s second oldest daily English newspaper, the Gibraltar Chronicle which has been in operation since 1801 has recently published an opinion poll of 622 registered voters which suggests that the ruling coalition of the GSLP and Liberals will be triumphant taking 10 seats, followed by the current opposition the GSD with six seats and relative newcomer Marlene Hassan Nahon of Together Gibraltar taking a single seat. 

We will know by next week whether voters considered it safer to re-instate the party which has been so deeply involved with the Brexit negotiations over the past three years than to put their faith in an untested team with the countdown in theory so close. 

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