Malta’s turnout for the 2019 elections was 72.6%, two points below the turnout for the 2014 elections – a steadily decreasing trend in the country since the early 2000s. This was the first time that 16- and 17-year-olds were able to vote in the elections, with Malta being only one of two EU member states to lower the voting age below 18, the other being Austria.
The Labour Party achieved surprisingly good results, securing roughly 55% of the majority vote. It was an historic election for the party, as it was the election victory with the widest margin ever recorded in Maltese democracy. Part of this can be attributed to the new, young voter demographic, which was decidedly pro-Labour. In comparison, the Nationalist Party had a very poor result compared to polling, returning 38% of the vote, and 2 seats. After a successful and historically large victory for the Labour Party, the Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, warned his fellow party members to not let hubris cloud the work they have yet to accomplish.
The S&D has four seats with the reelection of current Labour MEPs Miriam Dalli and Alfred Sant, as well as the election of two new members, Alex Agius Saliba and Josianne Cutajar. The EPP claimed the other two seats with the reelection of the Nationalist Party MEPs, Roberta Metsola and David Casa. The most notable result of the elections is the return of Miriam Dalli who was unanimously chosen as the head of the Labour MEP delegation. In her previous term, she was best known for her progressive alliances to climate and migration policies.