ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Boundaries Commission will soon begin its review of changes proposed to delineations on the mainland that have been identified by Commission Chairman Clarence Crump.
Crump told OBSERVER Media he will be delivering proposals to the five-member commission in Thursday’s scheduled meeting.
Suggestions of change have been made as the body seeks to create a more equitable distribution of voters in the 16 constituencies on the mainland.
“We have visited all of the constituencies already showing the proposed new demarcations,” Crump said.
“We now have to sit in caucus to see if we agree on the demographics or boundary changes proposed. We normally meet on Thursdays.
“We need to look at how many persons should be in each constituency to have a proper ratio and move away from one where one constituency has 1,000 and there’s 5,000 in the next.”
While he hopes to complete discussions with the commission and submit the report to Parliament by month end, Crump said he is not certain that could be achieved.
“We are meeting tomorrow (Thursday) to see exactly where we are going to be. We have gone out in the field already and now we have to look at the numbers in order to verify whether we are on the right track. So I can’t say we are going to be finished by July. We might like to do it but we’re not sure it’s going to be done,” Crump said.
Once there is consensus on the proposals, a report would be prepared and sent to the Lower House for debate.
It has already been made public that there are proposals for changes to St Phillips North, St John’s Rural East, St Paul, St Phillips South and St Peter.
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