Parliament of Malta

Parliament of Malta
Parlament ta' Malta
Coat of arms or logo
Houses House of Representatives
Seats 71
Political groups


     Labour Party (38)


     Nationalist Party (31)
     Democratic Party (1)
     Independent (1)
Single transferable vote
Last election
9 March 2013
Next election
2018 or earlier
Meeting place
Parliament House, Valletta
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The Parliament of Malta (Maltese: Parlament ta' Malta) is the constitutional legislative body in Malta, located in Valletta. The parliament is unicameral, with a democratically elected House of Representatives and the President of Malta. By Constitutional law, all government ministers, including the Prime Minister, must be members of the House of Representatives.

Between 1921 and 1933 the Parliament was bicameral, consisting of a Senate as well as a Legislative Assembly.

House of Representatives of Malta

The House of Representatives (Maltese: Kamra tad-Deputati) is the unicameral legislature of Malta and a component of the Parliament of Malta. 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 composed of an odd number of members elected for one legislative term of five years. Ordinarily, five members are returned from each of thirteen electoral districts using the single transferable vote electoral system but additional members are elected in cases of dis-proportionality (where a party with an absolute majority of votes fails to win an absolute majority of seats and where only candidates from two parties are elected).

Meeting place

View of the interior of the Parliament House

Between 1921 and 2015, the House of Representatives was housed in the Grandmaster's Palace.[1]

The House of Representatives is currently housed in the Parliament House, near the entrance of Valletta. The present building was inaugurated on 4 May 2015.


The Standing Orders of the House provide for the creation of eight Parliamentary Standing Committees to make parliamentary work more efficient and enhance Parliament's scrutiny functions.

The Standing Committees are:

Other Standing Committees constituted by other statutes include:

There are also select committees and non-official committees.

Latest elections

 Summary of the 9 March 2013 House of Representatives of Malta election results
Parties Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Labour Party167,53354.83+6.0439+5
Nationalist Party132,42643.34–6.0030–5
Democratic Alternative5,5061.80+0.4900
Ajkla Party470.02New0New
Liberal Alliance120.00New0New
Invalid/blank votes4,044
Registered voters/turnout330,07293.8
Source: Government of Malta, Parliament of Malta



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