Despite losing the 2022 general election, the Nationalist Party has managed to win a couple of new faces and fresh blood as they outpace old guard. Current Opposition leader Bernard Grech had emphasised that the party is seeking a revitalising of the party, bringing in new and young candidates to contest the election.
Among the newer candidates was Alex Borg who is on course to achieve a higher tally of first count votes than party veteran Chris Said. Borg might even outpace Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri. Young candidate Jerome Caruana Cilia also appears to have outpaced MP Ryan Callus, with the former becoming the leading candidate on the district as the latter is still expected to be elected.
Mark Anthony Sammut managed to outpace Jason Azzoaprdi on the fourth district after the latter was not elected into government. New candidates Rebekah Cilia and Joseph Grech may have also polled well on the 11th district. Azzopardi and Karol Aquilina, who was also not elected, formed part of the infamous ’17 Blue Heroes’, which were massively critiqued by the Labour Party.
Darren Carabott also won a place in government, the second candidate for the Nationalist party to be elected. Carabott thanked everyone who supported him, saying that Malta needs the Nationalist Party.
The 11th district however depends on how Bernard Grech’s votes are distributed after the first count. Adrian Delia was also elected on the 7th and 8th district with even Beppe Fenech Adami doing quite well. Lawyer Joe Giglio seemed to have polled quite convincingly on the 9th and 10th districts, leading alongside veteran Robert Arrigo. We’ll have to see who will be elected through casual election.