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Public must make voices heard on boundary proposals - Archibald

16 March, 2018 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has urged the public to support a protest against the proposed boundary changes in Dungiven this Sunday.

The East Derry MLA said:

“There will be a protest along Main Street in Dungiven this Sunday at 3pm to highlight the absurdity of these new boundary proposals which have been radically redrawn from those outlined in 2016.

“These proposals would see Dungiven split into three separate constituencies, which is ludicrous and the community are rightly very concerned.

“An overall result of these proposals would lead to clear inequalities and the impact of these changes will be most keenly felt in Assembly elections where there will be at least four constituencies with no nationalist representation whatsoever. That is in stark contrast to the fact that there will be unionist representation in every constituency in the north.

“The Boundary Commission has questions to answer in relation to how these proposals tally with their own rationale of ‘retaining closer alignment to existing boundaries’.

“Electoral boundaries need to result in representation which is reflective of the electorate; they should take account of local geography, and also of community cohesion and identity.

“As a party Sinn Féin will be challenging these proposals and we would encourage individuals and groups to take the opportunity in the time available between now and 26th March to respond to the consultation.”

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