Statement: The Insite Leaders’ Debate

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To students, non-students, media and members of the political parties,

Insite would like to thank you for following today’s Leaders’ Debate, which we believe was successful. This announcement shall serve the purpose of addressing a number of complaints received.

Admittance to the Hall

Days before the debate, it was made clear that entry would be solely restricted to individuals over the age of 18. Entry was hence solely subject to the presentation of identification in order to verify such.

This approach was recommended by the University’s administration; Insite, fully aware that this did would not limit non-students from entering the hall, accepted that it would be agreeable for a number of reasons stated hereunder:

  • To date, there is no official identification for University students. The only form of identification provided to students the library card, which has been discontinued.
  • Having the University administration check the student list in order to admit students to the hall was not feasible, both for the administration itself and due to logistics. Such was made clear during a number of meetings with the University registrar.


Both the university administration and the Insite executive board agreed that the hall’s capacity should not be exceeded due to security reasons.


The regulations for the event, as seen below, were fully adhered to. Insite categorically denies any statements claiming otherwise.

Terms and conditions:

1. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. Attendees are asked to use the main entrance of Sir Temi Zammit Hall. Doors open at 11:15, and close at 12:15 – latecomers will not be admitted.

2. This is an 18+ event, so please bring some form of identification. Persons under 18 will not be admitted. 3. Students are reminded that this is not a mass meeting or political rally. Banners, scarves, flags, horns, whistles, or any other political merchandise will not be allowed in the hall.

4. In order to ensure that the debate is a civilized and fair one, students are asked to remain seated during the debate and to refrain from shouting, chanting, cheering, booing etc.

As a result, students were not admitted after the hall’s capacity was reached and all doors were shut at 12:15.

We acknowledge that there was a sizeable queue around the hall well before 11:15, and that political parties may have gathered non-students to come to the debate.

What happened outside the hall was not within Insite’s control, and never was.

Notwithstanding, Insite predicted that there would be a number of disgruntled students due to such terms – hence the debate was also screened the debate at the quadrangle.

Screening and Streaming

The event was streamed live at the quadrangle, it was visibly evident that the students made use of the stand set up; moreover, the event was also streamed online.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the live-stream link [] faced a number of limitations which did not allow all users to view the broadcast. Despite this, the screening at the quadrangle was functional, with a single exception.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies for those who were not able to view the live-stream online, and shall be uploading recordings of the event shortly.

7 thoughts on “Statement: The Insite Leaders’ Debate

  1. Lucy Mallia says:

    In other words, it was a complete failure.

    Insite should have been aware that the live streaming would generate heavy traffic. This was not unexpected but was only a result of bad planning.

    “screening at the quadrangle was functional, with a single exception.” … that continues to show how much insite is not prepared to cover certain activities.

    Last thing, you could have checked whether the people (irrelevant if students or not) were 18+ or not. This did not happen as there were a lot of under -18s in the hall.

    A total disgrace. I thought that carnival was over by Tuesday.

  2. George says:

    Wednesday’s Debate was a clear result of the direction the students are heading too. The event was not restricted to uni students in the last statement by Insiter. So There is no reason why vote-legal people should have been ommited from the event, after all uni students have nothing more than other students (although I myself is a uni student). The event in my opinion was well handled and the chaos which surely is hard to avoid in such situations, was controlled well.

  3. Stephen says:

    As a matter of fact not everyone is in possession of a library card. On the event space itself before the open door policy was put into effect, the students were grumbling about having lost their student id’s or not having one at all. I am sure Insite took the necessary measures in the student’s best interests. If university admin gave the final word, then Insite did not have a lot of options left. The truth is that you can never please everyone and whether the event was restricted to university students or not, either an MCAST,ITS or JC student aged 18 and over would still have complained.

    Not to mention that most students do not have an idea what organising an event entails especially when working with limited resources. All in all, I think it was a fair debate and very civil, it was only the livestream which bothered me.

  4. Maria Attard says:

    Is there any reason why the ticket system was not used? This would have ensured that only university students get access as only registered students will be allowed to get the ticket and present it together with an identification at the door. This idea is partially being used with parking permits at university whereby students need to register with KSU to get the parking permit.

  5. Mark says:

    David, sorry to burst your bubble… but your ‘student card’ is indeed the library card. The card is so redundant that students like yourself aren’t even sure what to use it for and many others like myself manage to get through university without it.

    I didn’t manage to make it in mainly because of the huge PLPN crowds outside the hall, this was expected. But I watched the debate from quad, and it was pretty good! I’m actually happy I didn’t get in because I didn’t have to sit next to such partisan students.

  6. David Baldacchino says:

    To date, there is no official identification for University students. The only form of identification provided to students the library card, which has been discontinued. …..This is not true, I am a University student, and I have a student card, as any student at the university should have. Therefore there was a method to ensure that primarily university students entered the debate.

  7. Paul says:

    On your event page you have people under 18 writing that they entered … on my Fb I am seeing young JC people posting pictures from inside … so no 18+ was NOT observed

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