This second edition of what is undoubtedly Malta’s leading literary work on the electoral system merits considerable praise for a number of reasons. We are now enriched with a deep and meaningful analysis of the latest developments in Malta’s century-old electoral system, a system which initially some were sceptical about but which withstood the test of time as it passed certain landmarks.
In 2022 Malta marked its first ‘gender balanced’ elections, as a result of which we moved from correcting an electoral result to reflect better the will of the electorate, to actually altering an election result in order to accommodate what some view as a necessary evil if we are to achieve greater parity between the sexes, while others have labelled the gender balance mechanism as an undemocratic tampering with the will of the people.
Bencini refers to this, and more. He does not restrict himself to criticising but also offers solutions. Perhaps our corrective and gender mechanisms have not yet reached their outermost limits yet; be this as it may, there is no doubt the electoral system will continue to evolve and history will be made whether at the polls or in the courtroom.