It's because they DON'T WANT THEIR VOTE TO BE INTERPRETED AS A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE OR NO CONFIDENCE IN ANY PARTY!
People are fed up of Labour trying to use the local council election result as a vote of confidence in Joseph Muscat. People are fed up of Gonzi trying to interpret the local council election result as a message from the electorate. People are fed up of Franco Debono trying to interpret the result as an approval that he is right.
The people just want local council elections to be local council elections. The only interpretation they want is that it was a vote of confidence in Ian Borg, and not Joseph Muscat. That it was a message that you should have listened more to Graziella Galea, and not to Lawrence Gonzi. And that they approved of people like Michael Briguglio and Shirley Farrugia, and not Franco Debono.
That's the only messages the people want local council elections to convey. As long as parties and politicians keep trying to interpret these results for their aims, people will keep STAYING AWAY from voting in these elections.
So please, Muscat, Gonzi, Debono, do as a favour: STOP TRYING TO USE THESE ELECTIONS FOR YOUR PURPOSES!
Here: I remind you all of the declarations made by Lawrence Gonzi after the 2008 local council elections, which gave a very different result than the general election held on the same date.