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2 NEWS maltatoday | WEDNESDAY • 21 MARCH 2022 2 NEWS Nicole Meilak's election week Jailbreak THE Electoral Commission was faced with alle- gations over the weekend that it allowed inter- dicted prisoners to vote during Saturday's ear- ly ballot session. Among the prisoners in question is reportedly Daren Debono, who benefited from a plea deal over the 2010 HSBC heist last January. The Commission didn't flatly deny that interdicted prisoners voted, but insisted that its registry is 'substantially correct' and relies on information provided by public offi- cials. Labour wins straw polls ALL the Sunday survey results point towards an- other Labour landslide. Our MaltaToday survey indicates that the Labour Party should win with a 53.7% share of the vote, or a nine-point lead over the Nationalist Party. Statistician Vincent Marmara's study indicates that Labour will lead with a 55.6% landslide, and Esprimi's survey, commissioned by the Times of Malta, points to a similar 55.1%. Mal- taToday will continue with its daily polling in the week prior to election day on 26 March. Grech sits down with MaltaToday OUR executive editor Matthew Vella sat down with Opposition leader Bernard Grech to understand his vision for a new Malta while picking his brain on the PN's 2022 election manifesto. He said the party's decision to move away from corruption as a cen- tral theme in the campaign was not just a strategic choice but a natural one. He said that the PN's living wage proposal would not be mandatory for all com- panies, while saying he wants to incentivise people to reach higher tax brackets by offering a 25% tax rate. WATCH HERE Apples and oranges LABOUR seems to have been heavily inspired by tech giant Apple for its new advert promoting its €700 million electoral pledge. Labour's advert adopts the same template: telling the audience you have a vision, and detailing what your plan is. It even employs the same rhythm, tone and editing style, with near-exact marker graphics highlighting key words and phrases. Rally-watch BOTH parties had their penultimate Sunday rally yesterday, with the PN and PL attracting large crowds at Sliema's Dingli circus and Ta' Qali's MFCC respec- tively. Abela focused his speech on the Labour's unit- ed front, while deeming the PN as a divided party. Grech maintained pressure on Abela's Żejtun villa case, urging people to vote and stop Abela from do- ing as he pleases. Constitutional challenges ADPD chairperson Carmel Cacopardo insisted that the Green Party will challenge Malta's electoral law inside the Constitutional Court if the party achieves a national vote count equivalent to a quota. The elec- toral system offers a proportionate number of seats to the parties whose candidates are individually elect- ed in constituencies, but Cacopardo said the party will challenge this mechanism in court if it receives a national vote that equals the average quota. What's happening today? ROBERT Abela will be in Xagħra at 6:30pm for an interview. Send us your alerts on or WhatsApp 79006845

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