Facts about General Elections

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The first Prime Minister of Malta was Sir Joseph Howard, sworn-in in 1921.

 The 2013 General Elections will be the 23rd Parliamentary Elections in Maltese history, with the 1st being
      held in 1921, when the first constitution, known as the Amery-Milner Constitution, was established.

 Women were allowed to vote for the first time in the 1947 General Elections, whilst before only men above 
      the age of 21 could vote. In the 1976 General Elections the voting age was lowered to 18 years, as it still is
      today.

 The first woman to be elected in the Maltese Parliament was Agatha Barbara in the 1947 Maltese General
      Elections.

 The highest number of women to get elected to the Maltese Parliament was 6, in the 1998 and the 2003
      General Elections, whilst the lowest number was 1, in the 1947, 1953, 1955 and 1992 General Elections.

 A total of 18 different parties have contested in the General Elections to date, with 11 managing to elect
      a seat in Parliament.

 The longest legislature in Malta lasted for a total of 2,240 days between 1939 and 1945, while the shortest
      legislature lasted for a total of 173 days between 1950 and 1951.

 The longest serving Member of Parliament to date is Dom Mintoff, serving for nearly 48 consecutive years
      from 1950 to 1998.

 The number of electoral districts in Maltese General Elections is 13. However from the 1921 until the 1955
      General Elections the number of electoral districts was 8, with the exception of the 1939 and 1945 General
      Elections, when the number of districts was 2. From the 1962 until the 1971 General Elections the number
      of electoral districts was increased to 10, until the 1976 General Elections, when the number of electoral
      districts was increased to 13, as they still remain today.

 The only candidate to ever get zero first count votes was independent candidate Spiridione Sant in the 1987
      General Elections


Resources: Department of Information, Electoral Commission, Malta Data, Michael J. Schiavone