[WATCH] Updated | Naxxar counting becomes one big party as PN suffers another dismal night

The Labour Party continued to eat away at PN strongholds as it clinched Siggiewi to make local council elections history

Labour continues to clinch localities: Floriana, Birgu, Isla, Kirkop, Gzira and Mtarfa
Labour continues to clinch localities: Floriana, Birgu, Isla, Kirkop, Gzira and Mtarfa

• Labour clinches Siggiewi for the first time in local election history

• Labour retains Isla, Hamrun, Birgu, Luqa, Floriana, Kirkop, Gzira, Imtarfa, Safi and Qala

• First locality to switch from Labour to PN in these elections: Munxar

• PN wins Naxxar, Gharghur, San Lawrenz, Kercem, Attard and Swieqi 

• Another deadlocked Gozo locality: Zebbug

The Naxxar counting hall has become one big celebration as the Labour Party has won 15 localities out of the 23 that were decided tonight.

The party won the Siggiewi local council for the first time in a historic victory, with Kurstein Sant elected mayor. Labour obtained 2,770 first count votes to the PN’s 2,700.

Party agents celebrated inside the counting hall as it was subsequently announced that Labour pilfered Mosta from the Nationalist Party as Romilda Baldacchino Zarb is elected mayor.

This double triumph assured Labour superiority, and another dismal night for the PN.

On Wednesday, Labour also won the capital, Valletta, for the first time since local council elections started being held. 

The first result of the night came from San Lawrenz where PN has retained the locality with four seats to PL's one. Noel Formosa is elected Mayor. 

On the other hand, Munxar was won by the PN, the first locality in these elections to switch from a Labour mayorship to a PN mayorship. It was a tight race, finishing at 465 votes for PN and 430 votes for Labour. Damien Spiteri is the new PN mayor.

Davina Sammut Hili is Floriana's new PL mayor
Davina Sammut Hili is Floriana's new PL mayor

PN continues to do better in Gozo as it has managed to retain Kercem. Xghajra, however, was retained by Labour winning four seats to PN's one. Neil Attard was elected mayor. 

The same thing happened in Qala as Labour wins once more. Paul Buttigieg, better known as 'Pawlu tal-Ħondoq' has been elected mayor as PL wins three seats to the PN's two. 

Labour's first win was in Isla as, typically, it dominated with the amount of votes, over 1,200. Labour won four seats to the PN's one. Clive Pulis is Isla's elected mayor. Floriana has been likewise retained by Labour with three seats to the PN's two. Davina Sammut Hili is the new mayor. 

Proud of pops: Parliamentary secretary Silvio Schembri celebrates dad John Schembri's re-election as Luqa mayor
Proud of pops: Parliamentary secretary Silvio Schembri celebrates dad John Schembri's re-election as Luqa mayor

Labour has also won Birgu with four candidates elected for PL and just one elected for PN. Hamrun was also retained by Labour with five seats to PN's two. Christian Sammut was elected mayor and the PL added a seat on the local council. 

Luqa mayor John Schembri, father of Digital Innovation Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri, has been re-elected as PL win five seats to PN's two.

Swieqi has been retained by the PN, winning seven seats to Labour's two. Noel Muscat for PN has been elected mayor. Gharghur has also been retained by the PN as it wins three out of five seats. Abraham Aquilina has been elected mayor at just 16 years of age. 

Conrad Borg Manche re-elected Gzira mayor
Conrad Borg Manche re-elected Gzira mayor

Following Gharb's deadlock on Thursday, during the third counting session, another Gozo locality, this time Zebbug, has seen a stalemate as PL wins two seats, PN wins two, and Nicky Saliba, an independent candidate, wins another. 

Elected candidates for PL are Marlene Cini and Sandra Grech. Elected candidates for PN are Baskal Saliba and Daniel Cordina.

PL has retained both Mtarfa and Kirkop. Mtarfa has elected Daniel Attard as mayor while Terrence Agius has been elected new Kirkop mayor. Labour has also kept Gzira as Conrad Borg Manche was re-elected mayor. 

Deadlocked: result in Zebbug in Gozo
Deadlocked: result in Zebbug in Gozo

Labour has kept its hold on Safi as Johan Mula is elected mayor, clinching one of three PL seats. The PN take two. 

Labour has also won Santa Lucija. Charmaine St John was elected mayor. Female candidates have done well during this round of voting.  

Vote counting from last Saturday’s local council elections has entered its third and final day at the Naxxar counting hall, with 23 localities around Malta and Gozo still to be decided.

Siggiewi, never claimed by Labour, will be of particular interest in today's last session of voting counting
Siggiewi, never claimed by Labour, will be of particular interest in today's last session of voting counting

The complete list decided on Friday is as follows: Floriana, Għargħur, Kirkop, Luqa, Qormi, Safi, Attard, Birgu, Gżira, Ħamrun, Mosta, Munxar, Qala, Naxxar, Siġġiewi, Swieqi, Xgħajra, Żebbuġ (Gozo), Mtarfa, Isla, San Lawrenz, Santa Lucija, Kerċem.

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