Labour pollster Vince Marmara gets three new government direct orders

Labour pollster Vince Marmara has been handed three new direct orders to provide surveys to different government entities.

According to information published in the Government Gazette, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), headed by the prime minister’s former legal assistant in his private legal office, Ryan Pace, tasked Marmara with providing an analysis of the employment sector in the gaming industry, for a fee of €10,000.

Until 2022, Marmara was on a seven-year, €4,251 monthly retainer for unspecified “research and consultancy services” at the MGA until The Shift revealed the contract was irregularly renewed. Marmara, whose full-time job is lecturing at the University, received €370,000 in payments from the MGA.

Two other surveys have been handed to Marmara in the past weeks.

The Gozo Regional Development Authority – an agency financed by the Gozo Ministry – tasked Marmara with extracting data related to Gozo from a survey he conducts yearly for the Office of President George Vella, known as the State of the Nation. For this information, the GRDA paid Marmara a €5,000 ‘sponsorship’ fee.

Also, Norma Saliba, the former PBS Head of News controversially given a new government job after she was forced to leave PBS, tasked Marmara to conduct a survey on the use of the Maltese language.

Saliba contracted Marmara by direct order as part of her role at the Centre for the Maltese Language, a new government organisation set up without any consultation with the National Council for the Maltese Language.

It is not yet known how much Marmara was paid for this task.

Since 2013, Vince Marmara has built a reputation for political surveys he publishes regularly on It-Torċa, a Labour-leaning weekly owned by the General Workers Union.

While Marmara’s surveys cost thousands of euro to produce, the statistician never disclosed who finances his regular work, refusing to answer questions sent by The Shift.

During the years Marmara has been conducting surveys for the Labour Party, he received multiple direct orders for consultancies with government ministries and public agencies.

He has also formed his consultancy firm, Segalytics and Powerful Knowledge, with Frank Bezzina, Wasterserv’s chairman. Power Knowledge also receives several tenders from the Office of the Prime Minister.

                           

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Out of Curiosity
Out of Curiosity
1 month ago

Earlier, on this same portal, I have already expressed my opinion on the credibility of this pollster and this fresh news regarding a chap who continues to milk in public funds is the sole reason behind my serious doubts. Time will tell how accurate his calculations are. Currently, he is predicting a comfortable win for the PL in the MEP’s election, with a positive gap of 27,000.

viv
viv
1 month ago

It’s an odd act of alchemy/divination performed in the smallest room in the house, with a few old sheets of il torca to hand

Simon Camilleri
Simon Camilleri
1 month ago

They will always own the majority of votes due to the thousands of people they ’employ’. That’s not taking into account all the other people they bribe with favours. Malta needs external help from the EU – it has become corrupt to the core and nobody can do anything about it internally.

Simon Camilleri
Simon Camilleri
1 month ago

Going to need to steal more money from the rats soon to help keep the swill flowing in the troughs. Don’t worry… they’ll cheer.

Paul Bonello
Paul Bonello
1 month ago

By the look of things Marmara’s polls do not suffer from bias!

makjavel
makjavel
1 month ago

The nouveau riche ( The New Rich) as created by Joseph Muscat for services rendered. The cost of living certainly is of no matter. But the cost of servile obedience shows.

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