Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper is to bring a motion before Derry City and Strabane District Council next week to raise grave concerns about the Boundary Commission’s decision to scrap their own Provisional Proposals of September 2016 in favour of Revised Proposals published in January 2018.
“We felt it was very important to bring this motion forward. These boundary proposals have been branded “a gerrymander for the 21st century” and it’s easy to see why people have come to that conclusion,” he said.
“If they go ahead, at least four Assembly constituencies will be left without any nationalist representation whatsoever. The views of thousands of nationalist voters will effectively count for nothing while these electoral boundaries appear to give maximum advantage to the DUP.
“That is completely unacceptable. The Boundary Commission have failed to produce any justification for it.”
“These proposals would see our neighbouring town of Dungiven split into three separate constituencies, which is ludicrous and the community are rightly very concerned.
“As a party Sinn Féin will be challenging these proposals and we would encourage individuals to do likewise.