The abrogative referendum – a dangerous precedent ?


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FKNK, the Hunters’ Federation, in a press conference today stated that the request for an abrogative referendum to abolish spring hunting submitted through a petition signed by over 44,000 persons to the Electoral Commission a fortnight ago may set a dangerous precedent.

Dangerous? To whom may I ask?

The answer is quite simple: it endangers the backroom deals between the Hunters’ lobby and the Parliamentary political parties.

The abrogative referendum when held will be considered as a milestone in the political development of Malta:  the contentious issue of spring hunting will be decided upon once and for all, democratically.

The abrogative referendum is a democratic tool which has been available for many years (since 1996) but which unfortunately was left idle for so long.