House of Representatives of Malta
House of Representatives
Type Type Unicameral Leadership Speaker of the House Michael Frendo
since 29 April 2010
Members 69 Political groups PN (35)
Elections Last election 8 March 2008 Meeting place Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta Website http://www.parlament.mt/ Malta
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The House is composed of an odd number of members (currently has 69) elected for a five year term. Ordinarily, five members are returned from each of thirteen electoral districts through single transferable vote but additional members are elected in cases of disproportionality (e.g. where party with an absolute majority of votes fails an absolute majority of seats and where only candidates from two parties are elected).
The House is presided over by the Speaker of the House. The President of Malta is appointed for a five year term by a resolution of the House.
The House is currently housed in the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta.
In 2010, works commenced to build a new Parliamentary building. The government's original proposal had been to build Parliament on the site of the former opera house site in Valletta. This was shelved after the footprint was deemed too small and instead the new Parliament building will be built in Freedom Square. The building will be built to designs of Renzo Piano and is expected to be completed by the end of the current Parliamentary term, that is not later than 2013.
The Standing Orders of the House provide for the creation of six Parliamentary Standing Committees to make parliamentary work more efficient and enhance Parliament's scrutiny functions. The Standing Committees are:
- Standing Committee on House Business
- Standing Committee on Privileges
- Standing Committee on Public Accounts
- Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs
- Standing Committee on Social Affairs
- Standing Committee on Consideration of Bills
There are also select committees and non-official committees.
election resultsSummary of the 8 March 2008 House of Representatives of Malta Parties Votes % Change Seats Change Nationalist Party (Partit Nazzjonalista) 143,468 49.34 –2.5 35 ±0 Malta Labour Party (Partit Laburista) 141,888 48.79 +0.8 34 +4 Democratic Alternative (Alternattiva Demokratika) 3,810 1.31 +0.6 — — National Action (Azzjoni Nazzjonali) 1,461 0.50 +0.0 — — Imperium Europa 84 0.03 +0.0 — — Gozitan Party (Partit Għawdxi) 37 0.01 +0.0 — — Independents (Indipendenti) 22 0.01 +0.0 — — Alpha Liberal Democrats (Alfa Liberali Demokratiku) 21 0.01 +0.0 — — Forward Malta (Forza Malta) 8 0.00 +0.0 — — Total (turnout 93.3%) 290,799 100.0 69 +4 Source: DOI
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