Minors’ signatures are being used to bolster a petition to block the spring hunting referendum, Times of Malta has learnt.

Hunters’ federation president Joe Perici Calascione confirmed that signatories included a number of minors but denied media reports that hunters had already collected 90,000 signatures.

“All those who signed are Maltese citizens and ID card holders. They are not all of voting age,” he said, adding that these would all be 18 by the next general election in 2018.

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