At stake in the referendum:
- Referendum on whether to continue to allow spring hunting or to abolish it.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: Presdient Marie Louise Coleiro PRECA
- Head of Government: Joseph MUSCAT
- Assembly: Malta has a unicameral House of Representatives (Il-Kamra Tad-Deputati) with 65 seats.***
Description of electoral system:
- The President is elected by parliament to serve a 5-year term.
- The Prime Minister is appointed by the President to serve a 5-year term.
- In the House of Representatives (Il-Kamra Tad-Deputati) 65 members are elected through a single transferable vote (STV) proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.***
*** Additional seats are given to the party with the largest popular vote to ensure a legislative majority.
Provision in the Referendum (held 11 April 2015):
- “Do you agree that the provisions of the 'Framework for Allowing a Derogation Opening a Spring Hunting Season for Turtle Dove and Quail Regulations' (Subsidiary Legislation 504.94) should continue in force?”
- Votes in Favor: 50.44% of the vote (126, 434 votes)
- Votes Against: 49.56% of the vote (124,214 votes)
- An absolute majority of electors must vote “Yes.” The referendum is non-binding; parliament would still be required to pass a new law.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 412,655 (July 2014 est.)
- Registered Voters: 338,447
- Female Population: 207,191 (2014 est.)
- Is Malta a signatory to CEDAW: No
- Has Malta ratified CEDAW: No
- Gender Quota: No, but there are “voluntary party quotas.”
- Female Candidates in this election: N/A
- Number of Female Legislators: 10 (14%) of 70 seats in the House of Representatives
- Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 39
- Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
- Is Malta a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
- Has Malta ratified CRPD: Yes (10 October 2012)