AD: BA to hear complaints on Tuesday
The Alternattiva Demokratika’s protests against PBS, One and Net are to be heard on Tuesday, AD Chairman Michael Briguglio revealed during a press conference in Marsascala.
"The current situation on broadcasting has to change. A Broadcasting Authority (BA) ruling earlier this week made it clear that in leaders and deputy leaders debates, all political parties should be treated equally. This follows an earlier Broadcasting Authority ruling which states that all political parties should be invited by TVM, Net and One during the electoral campaign. AD expects that these rulings are fully adhered to, and we have asked Broadcasting Authority to investigate accordingly. The BA will next Tuesday hear AD submissions on three protests: one against PBS, and one each against ONE and NET,” he explained.
AD spokesperson on EU and International Affairs Arnold Cassola spoke on their manifesto, explaining that it presents several proposals for constitutional reforms which should benefit participatory democracy and further pluralism in Malta. He added that apart from the proposed reform of the electoral system, which adds a 2.5% national threshold to the present system and a law regulating political party financing, "we are also proposing, that Members of Parliament are to serve on a full time basis, that the President of the Republic is elected by the 68 mayors of Malta together with the 65 MPs. We are also proposing that Members of the Judiciary and of important National Commissions or Boards are nominated by the President with approval by parliament and that the right of citizens to clean air and water is entrenched in the Maltese constitution".