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YANNICK PACE €1 billion in smuggled tramadol pills were seized and destroyed in a joint Malta-US operation, the Foreign Ministry said yester- day. In a statement the ministry said the pills had been seized in an operation involving the min- istry, the Maltese customs de- partment and the police force, as well as the US Drug Enforcement Agency and the US Embassy in Malta. Repubblika An NGO, a PN faction or a home for orphans? Former Labour minister Vincent Moran passes away at 86 WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 Newspaper post WEDNESDAY • 21 NOVEMBER 2018 • ISSUE 613 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY ANALYSIS PAGE 3 YANNICK PACE & KURT SANSONE OFFICIALS from both major politi- cal parties have expressed a number of concerns that will need to be addressed before a new electronic vote-counting system announced last week is used in official elections. The new system was tested at the Naxxar counting hall last Saturday ahead of a larger scale mock exercise that will take place on 1 December. MaltaToday is informed that one of the major concerns appears to be the fact that the system flagged an abnor- mally high proportion of dubious votes, a considerable number of which would have passed off as regular in the manual process. According to some agents from both political parties who witnessed the mock exercise, the number of dubious votes flagged by the system was as high as 25%. PAGE 6 €1 billion worth of smuggled tramadol pills destroyed by local authorities EDITORIAL • PAGE 9 'High percentage' of dubious votes flagged New electronic voting machines PAGE 2 PAUL COCKS & DAVID HUDSON FORMER Labour health minister Vincent Moran was "a quiet saint" and a true gentle- man, politicians who worked with the fam- ily doctor said of him as news of his passing hit the media. Moran died early yesterday morning at the age of 86. Former Minister and Labour MP Joe Debono Grech told MaltaToday Moran was a "quiet saint." He recalled the time they used to work together when they were both ministers and said of the man that "Censu Moran was a true gentleman." Moran was a family doctor by profession before entering the political arena in 1962. "Before him, hospital admittance was at a fee of 50c per day. He removed this fee and introduced free healthcare," Debono Grech said. "He was also the one who re- moved fees on pills and other treatments." PAGE 2

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