| 1854 →|| 1849|
General elections were held in Malta between 16 and 20 August 1849, the first in the country's history.
Maltese general election, 1849 Wikipedia
In 1835, Malta was granted a Government Council by the British authorities. It consisted of the Governor, four officials and three members appointed by the governor. In June 1849 Governor Richard More O'Ferrall passed a new constitution that increased the Council to 18 members, of which ten would be appointed and eight elected.
A total of 3,767 people were registered to vote, of which 3,315 cast votes, giving a turnout of 88%.