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Sinn Féin will continue to challenge Boundary proposals – Archibald

12 September, 2018 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said the party will continue to challenge the Boundary Commission’s radically revised proposals on new electoral boundaries.

The East Derry MLA said:

“The preliminary analysis of the Boundary Commission’s latest proposals is that there is very little change to the last set of propositions.

“When the first proposals were brought forward by the Boundary Commission in 2016 they set out a number of key principles and criteria which underpinned their decisions.

"People should remind themselves that when these original proposals were published, disgraced DUP MP Ian Paisley famously declared ‘we’ll see about that’.

“Sinn Féin want the Boundary Commission to clarify why they set out a number of principles in terms of reviewing electoral boundaries and then ditched that criteria after the first draft in 2016 before moving to a radically revised proposition remarkably similar to the DUP’s.

“The proposals published in January of this year which would split Dungiven across three constituencies were ridiculous and unworkable.

“The latest recommendations which would see the Dungiven ward move to the newly named Sperrin (West Tyrone) constituency, would keep the town itself intact but not the surrounding areas, this is contrary to the Commission’s own rationale.

“There are real questions to be answered in relation to this and Sinn Féin will continue to challenge the Boundary Commission to ensure that the electoral system accurately reflects the will of the voters.” 

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