Next Gibraltar general election

Next Gibraltar general election

← 2023 By 8 March 2028

All 17 seats in the Gibraltar Parliament
9 seats needed for a majority
 
Leader TBD Keith Azopardi Nicky Calamaro
Party Alliance Social Democrats Together Gibraltar
Last election 50.04%, 9 seats[1] 48.15%, 8 seats[1] Did not contest
Seats needed Steady Increase 1 Increase 9

Incumbent Chief Minister

Fabian Picardo
Socialist Labour



General elections will be held in Gibraltar by 8 March 2028 to elect all 17 members to the sixth Gibraltar Parliament.

Background

Prior to the 2023 elections, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo announced that if elected, his fourth term as Chief Minister would be his last, and suggested Gemma Arias-Vasquez could be his successor as leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party.[2]

Electoral system

Under section 38(2) of the Gibraltar Constitution Order 2006, the parliament must be dissolved four years after its first meeting following the last election (unless the Chief Minister advises the Governor of Gibraltar to dissolve parliament sooner). Under section 37 of the Constitution, writs for a general election must be issued within thirty days of the dissolution and the general election must then be held no later than three months after the issuing of a writ.[3]

With the first meeting of the current parliament taking place on 10 November 2023, parliament must be dissolved before midnight on 9 November 2027, writs must be issued by 9 December 2027 and an election must take place before 8 March 2028. However, if recent precedent is followed, the Chief Minister is likely to ask the Governor for an early dissolution and an election to take place sometime in October 2027 (four years after the last election). Following the British tradition, elections conventionally take place on a Thursday.

Incumbent members (from 2023)

Candidate Image Party Alliance Role Seeking re-election?
Joseph Garcia LPG GSLP–Liberal Alliance Deputy Chief Minister
Fabian Picardo GSLP GSLP–Liberal Alliance Chief Minister
Keith Azopardi GSD - Leader of Opposition
Damon Bossino GSD - Shadow Minister for Housing, Lands & Transport
Nigel Feetham GSLP GSLP–Liberal Alliance Minister for Justice, Trade & Industry
Gemma Arias-Vasquez GSLP GSLP–Liberal Alliance Minister for Health, Care & Business
John Cortes GSLP GSLP–Liberal Alliance
Roy Clinton GSD - Shadow Minister for Finance & Value for Money
Craig Sacarello GSD - Shadow Minister for Business, Trade, Industry, Utilities & Community
Christian Santos GSLP GSLP–Liberal Alliance Minister for Equality, Employment, Culture & Tourism
Patricia Orfila GSLP GSLP–Liberal Alliance Minister for Housing
Edwin Reyes GSD - Shadow Minister for Education, Employment & Culture
Joelle Ladislaus GSD - Shadow Minister for Health & Justice
Leslie Bruzon LPG GSLP–Liberal Alliance Minister for Industrial Relations, Civil Contingencies & Sport
Joseph Bossano GSLP GSLP–Liberal Alliance
Giovanni Origo GSD - Shadow Minister for Environment, Tourism, Youth & Equality
Atrish Sanchez GSD - Shadow Minister for Care & Opportunity

References

  1. ^ a b "2023 election results". Gibraltar Parliament. 12 October 2023. Retrieved 6 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Picardo says October 12 is his last election, tipping Gemma Arias Vasquez as next GSLP leader". Gibraltar Chronicle. 27 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Official text of the Gibraltar Constitution Order 2006" (PDF). gibraltarlaws.gov.gi. 14 December 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
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