On the day that the Labour Party is voting to elect its new leader, one of its former chiefs has raised questions on the electoral process.
Writing on Facebook, Alfred Sant – who led the party between 1992 and 2008 – said it would be a good idea to reflect on whether having an election for a leader open to members is the best proposal.
It is the first time that Labour is electing its leader via an election involving all its paid-up members. The last time an election was held, in 2008, Joseph Muscat had been elected solely by delegates.
“After the new Labour leader is chosen, perhaps it would be a good idea to reflect on whether the idea to have the leader elected by the congress of members – and not by delegates – is as good a proposal as it seems,” he wrote.
In general, delegates are more involved in the running of the party than members who can simply pay the membership fee and do not care what else takes place.
On the other hand, members could be presenting a better picture of what the whole people are thinking, and not only the dedicated militants of the party. In an election, it is the citizens who vote, not only the militants.
“I do not think it is yet clear which way is the best way to choose,” he said.