Further restrictions on the referenda would curtail the rights of citizens – AD

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Further restrictions on the referenda would curtail the rights of citizens - ADWhen commenting on the result of the spring referendum, Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson, Prof. Arnold Cassola, said, “we would like to thank all those who cast their vote in this popular exercise in participatory democracy.”

“In particular, we salute the 49.6% of the Maltese and Gozitan population who cast their vote against the retention of the derogation for spring hunting in our country, thus going against the IVA vote as indicated by the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil.”

“AD would also like to thank the eNGOs that accepted our invitation to work together towards this historic referendum.”

Prof. Cassola stated, “the result is clear: the referendum has been won by the IVA faction. This however does not authorise either Kathleen Grima, or Joe Perici Calascione, to play about with and curtail acquired democratic rights won by the Maltese citizens.”

He added, “these two, together with Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon, have already declared that they will be suggesting amendments to the referendum act, with the intention of curtailing the rights of citizens to call for an abrogative referendum.”

“Our reaction is very clear: Hands off our Referenda. The people of Malta have fought over the years to widen participative democracy in our country. The abrogative referendum has already many limitations attached to it. Any further attempt at restricting it can only be meant as a means of suppressing the democratic will of the people,” concluded Prof. Cassola.

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