J Muscat tried to deprive me of my voting right - Arnold Cassola
The voting rights of Maltese citizens residing abroad should be upheld in the upcoming elections, and Maltese citizens residing abroad should be able to vote in the respective countries making things easier and avoiding unnecessary costs and controversies regarding flights to Malta during the election time, Chairperson of Alternattiva Demokratika Michael Briguglio, said.
AD Spokesperson on EU and International Affairs Arnold Cassola, also held that PL should stop striking off names of Maltese voters who are residing abroad. “We are in a day and age of globalisation, information technology and constant travel. 10 years ago, Joseph Muscat was an active protagonist of the Labour party that tried to deprive me of my right to vote after I had been voted the only non-EU citizen to ever become Secretary General of a European political party in Brussels,” Professor Cassola said.
The Ad spokesperson continued that a person abroad for study or work purposes may still be directly and continuously concerned with political activity in his country of residence and there lies no justification for the denial of that person's right to vote.
Any other interpretation of the word 'residence' that is, a continuous physical presence in the country, could lead to a denial of the right to vote to a person having a direct and personal interest in the country's future and this in violation of Article 3 of the First Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights.