Maltese goes to polls on Saturday June 03,2017 in elections called almost a year before they were due, with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat forced to seek a new mandate amid corruption allegations leveled not only at his chief of staff and a minister, but his wife as well.
The vote pits Muscat's Labour Party against the center-right Nationalist Party under Simon Busuttil
Incumbent Prime Minister Joseph Muscat(43) under whose governance Malta has remained one of the best-performing economies in the EU, says he called the election to dissipate economic uncertainty
However, his government has been under fire after his chief of staff and a government minister admitted having previously undeclared Panama-registered companies following their exposure in last year's massive data leak from the Mossack Fonseca legal firm based in the Central American country
The polls opened at 7 a.m. (0500 UTC) and were to close at 10 p.m.. Turnout in Malta is normally above 90 percent.
Votes in the election will be counted by hand - a system that is to be phased out following this election - meaning that first results are not expected until midday on Sunday.