"Other councils must put boundary objections on record" - Molloy
Speaking after Mid-Ulster council passed a motion seeking a public inquiry into the Boundary Commission’s handling of the 2018 boundary review, Sinn Féin councillor Dominic Molloy said:
“There has been widespread anger across the nationalist community at the radically revised proposals brought forward recently by the Boundary Commission from its original set of proposals.
“The new proposals from the Commission are strikingly similar to DUP proposals made in a submission in 2017 and the Commission has failed to explain why it abandoned its own original proposals and the criteria it used then to bring forward its own plan.
“Under the new proposals tens of thousands of nationalists will be disenfranchised. That is unacceptable and undemocratic.
“Tonight, Mid-Ulster Council passed a motion calling for a public inquiry into the Boundary Commission's handling of the 2018 boundary review, we would like to see other councils following suit and putting their objections to these proposals on record.
“The folly of these proposals is best exemplified by the fact that the town of Dungiven with a population of 3,000 people will be represented by 3 MPs and 15 MLAs.
“Sinn Féin’s campaign against these proposals began last week with the launch of our submission.
“We are calling for an end to the use of Rule 7, the so-called ‘gerrymander rule’, which is not on the statute book in Britain and which allows the Commission to go under or above the average electoral quota.
“This effectively means that not all votes will carry equal weight.
“We are also calling on the public to make their views known on the new proposals and demand fairness in the electoral process.