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Boundary Commission must not distort nationalist representation

28 April, 2004


Sinn Fein Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy speaking ahead of the expected publication of the Boundary Commission report has said that any proposed changes must not distort political representation and that Sinn Fein will particularly resist any boundary changes that distort nationalist representation.

Mr Molloy said:

"Sinn Fein will study these proposals in detail on a constituency by constituency basis.

"Given the historic legacy of the Boundary Commission and its role in political Gerrymandering we will be working to ensure that any proposed changes do not distort political representation. Sinn Fein will particularly resist any boundary changes that distort nationalist representation.

"In all constituencies, particularly those with a minority of nationalist representatives Sinn Fein will stand against any changes that minimise or remove nationalist representation. This is particularly significant in constituencies such as Lagan Valley, South Antrim, North West and East Belfast.

"As we saw with the electoral legislation great care must be taken to ensure that changes that affect the democratic process to do discriminate against any section of our society and do not disenfranchise the supporters of any political party." ENDS

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