Mid-Ulster to have public inquiry for Electoral areas

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THE Mid-Ulster electoral area is one of nine local government districts which will hold a public inquiry to discuss the provisional recommendations for the make-up and naming of District Electoral Areas within the eleven new local government districts in Northern Ireland.

These will be used for the purpose of future local government elections.

The one-day inquiries will be presided over by Assistant Commissioners and will provide an opportunity for the public to discuss the various objections that were received during the recent consultation period.

The Objections must relate to the proposed grouping of wards and the naming of the electoral areas only and each inquiry corresponds to the new local government district concerned.

Commenting on the importance of the inquiries the Commissioner, Dick Mackenzie, said “Following the consultation period and analysis of the objections received, I have decided that it is appropriate to conduct 9 out of a possible 11 public inquiries. The inquiries are a vital part of the process leading to the final shape of the electoral areas which will be used for the election of councillors to the new local government districts. The Assistant Commissioners will provide an independent view on the objections to my recommendations. I would encourage all those who have made objections or who have a comment on those objections, to attend the relevant inquiry and present their opinions”.

Each inquiry will open at 10.00 and run until 12.30; the afternoon session will run from 13.30 to 17.00. Anyone wishing to make a presentation at an inquiry should arrive at 9.30am for registration, in order to arrange a timetable of speakers.

The written representations received about the provisional recommendations can be viewed on the Commissioner’s website at www.deac-ni.org.

The inquiries are a vital part of the process leading to the final shape of the electoral areas which will be used for the election of councillors to the new local government districts.

The Mid-Ulster inquiry will take place on 9th September in Glenavon hotel, Cookstown.