Independent candidate Arnold Cassola has called the gender corrective mechanism the biggest travesty of democracy as it is only benefiting only PL and PN at the expense of third parties.
Releasing a statement on Tuesday, Cassola asked whether the will of the electors is being respected or whether this is even democracy. Cassola argued that ADPD candidate Sandra Gauci got more votes than PL candidate Davina Sammut Hili, despite the latter being elected into parliament.
Cassola went on to criticise the move by PN candidate Janice Chetcuti to drop out of the casual election race on the third district to rely on the mechanism to be elected and make way for a male colleague. Carm Mifsud Bonnici was elected on Tuesday following this.
‘Janice Chetcuti, makes a whole mockery of the supposed corrective mechanism and plays about with the system in order to ensure that her PN male colleague gets elected… at the expense of a woman’ Cassola said.
He concluded that the crux of the issue is that it is not true that the law is giving women representation in parliament according to the will of the voters.