New Boundaries Commission to be established

Owing to the demanding nature of restructuring constituency boundaries, the government of Antigua and Barbuda is off the mark in setting up a new commission- and as such

Cabinet might have found a new Boundaries Commission Chairman. According to government’s Chief of Staff Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst, “the old commission falls off automatically when it submits its report and that report is acceptable.” And concerning the man being considered for the job, Hurst said: “We are not sure as yet, because he has not yet confirmed that he would want to be chairman. Someone has been identified, but it would be inappropriate for me to name him without him first indicating his willingness to serve.”

“The idea is to name a commission early, because it is going to take tremendous work to equalize the constituencies,” Hurst further stated, and explained that the aim is to have each MP representing an equal amount of persons. The subject of inequality in the 17 constituencies was hotly debated during the run-up to the last election. Government officials such as Senator Lennox Weston had suggested that it would be a more prudent decision if changes were made to the boundaries after the 2014 general elections.

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