April 11, 2015 Held


Republic of Malta



Voter Participation

Cast Votes:253,157
Valid Votes:250,648
Invalid Votes:2,509
Election Results Modified: Jan 19, 2023

General Information

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)

Electoral Requirements:

  • 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.)[1]
  • Registered Voters: 338,447[2]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 207,191 (2014 est.)[3]
  • Is Malta a signatory to CEDAW: No
  • Has Malta ratified CEDAW: No
  • Gender Quota:  No, but there are “voluntary party quotas.”[4]
  • 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

Disability Data:

  • Is Malta a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Malta ratified CRPD: Yes (10 October 2012)
Election Modified: Jan 19, 2023

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