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Article 454
 

(1) The candidates for municipal councillor who are elected from each candidate list of a party or coalition shall be determined according to the number of valid preferences received under Article 437 (4) and (5) herein and the ranking of the said candidates on the list using a methodology described in Annex 5 hereto.


(2) (Amended, SG No. 39/2016, effective 26.05.2016) The preferences for the individual candidates shall be valid if the number of votes gained by the candidate is not less than 7 per cent of the votes cast for the candidate list.


(3) The candidates referred to in Paragraph (2) shall be ranked according to the number of preferences received, starting from the candidate who has received the largest number of valid preferences. These candidates shall be excluded from the candidate list of the respective party or coalition and shall comprise List A. The rest of the candidates on the candidate list shall retain the initial ranking thereof on the list and shall comprise List B.


(4) Where there are two or more candidates with an equal number of preferences on List A, the rank thereof on the list shall be determined by the municipal election commission by lots drawn in the presence of the candidates concerned and representatives of the party or coalition.


(5) Where there are no candidates with valid preferences, the elected candidates shall be determined according to the rank assigned thereto on the candidate list.


(6) Where the number of candidates with valid preferences is lesser than the number of the seats allocated to the party or coalition, all candidates on List A shall be elected. The rest of the seats allocated to the party or coalition shall be filled by candidates on List B in the order of ranking thereof.


(7) Where the number of candidates with valid preferences is greater than the number of the seats allocated to the party or coalition, the first candidates on List A shall be elected in the order of ranking thereof until all seats are filled.


(8) Where the number of candidates with valid preferences equals the number of the seats allocated to the party or coalition, all candidates on List A shall be elected.